PARTICIPANT / Sonia Mehra Chawla

  • Name Sonia Mehra Chawla
  • Country India
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Sonia Mehra Chawla is an artist based in New Delhi, India. She received her BFA in 2001 and MFA in 2004–2005 from Delhi University’s College of Art, New Delhi. Chawla has an interdisciplinary practice as an artist, photographer and researcher. Her artistic practice explores notions of selfhood, nature, ecology, sustainability, and conservation.

Chawla received the National Award for Painting, Lalit Kala Akademi, National Academy of Art India in 2004, and National Scholarship, Ministry of Culture, Government Of India in 2004. She is the recipient of the British Council and Charles Wallace India Trust Award and scholarship for Visual Arts, 2014-2015. She was a Charles Wallace scholar to the UK in 2014 for research in fine art printmaking. She received the International Art+Science Grant Award instituted by Khoj International Artists Association, India and Wellcome Trust UK/DBT India Alliance in 2017-18. Chawla was awarded an International Fellowship in the area of Social Sciences by Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany for 2019-2020, for the Art, Science and Business program of the Akademie.

Mehra Chawla has participated in curated projects at several International Museums and Institutions such as the Institut Fur Auslansbeziehungen in Stuttgart, Germany (Institute For Foreign Cultural Relations, Germany), British Council, New Delhi, India, Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Klosterneuberg, Austria, Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan, China, Tate Modern, London, UK, Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi, India, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, CSMVS Museum, Mumbai, India (Formerly the Prince Of Wales Museum Of Western India) and Goethe Institut, Mumbai, India.

Chawla has participated in Community Art Projects at Khoj International Artists Organization, New Delhi, from 2004 to 2007, and public art projects at ET4U Contemporary Visual Art Projects, Denmark, in 2013 & 2017. Chawla was invited as an International artist and speaker for SCAD Define Art 2013 in Hong Kong, organized by SCAD Museum and SCAD University Hong Kong. She has been a speaker and panelist at the Charles Wallace Awardees Presentation at British Council Mumbai, India, in 2015. She was part of a panel discussion on art, ecology and preservation at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai, India curated by Ranjit Hoskote & Asad Lalljee in 2016. She was invited to deliver a lecture presentation at IIT Cognitalks 2018, organized by the Center For Cognitive Science, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, India in 2018. The artist has recently been a part of three International artist residencies in Scotland between 2018 and 2019, at Edinburgh Printmakers, ASCUS Art & Science, Edinburgh, and Marine Laboratory, Scottish Government, Aberdeen.

Chawla’s solo projects include ‘Critical Membrane’, Exhibit 320, New Delhi (2016), curatorial adviser to the project : Ranjit Hoskote, ‘Scapelands’, Exhibit 320, New Delhi in collaboration with British Council India and Charles Wallace India Trust (2015), ‘Scapelands’, Tarq, Mumbai (2015), The Embryonic Plant & Otherworlds, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hongkong (2013), ‘Metamorphosing Female: Transition –Transfiguration’, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Arts, Dusseldorf, Germany (2011), and ‘Urban-Biomorphic’, Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi, curated by Dr Alka Pande (2008).

Chawla’s Selected Group Participations and Projects include: ‘Fragile Kinships’, curated by Shaunak Mahbubani, Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi (2019), ‘The Undivided Mind’, International Art+ Science Residency, Khoj International Artists Association + Wellcome Trust UK/DBT India Alliance(2018), ‘Collection of Undoings’, curated by Usha Gawde, 1X1 Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE, (2019), ‘A World in a City : Zoological and Botanic Gardens’, curated by Kaiwan Mehta, Institut Fur Auslansbeziehungen (Institute For Foreign Cultural Relations, Germany), Stuttgart, Germany (2017), ‘Planes of Experience, Zones of Action’, curated by Kaiwan Mehta, Goethe Institut, Max Mueller Bhawan, Mumbai (2017), ’On slippery grounds’, ET4U Contemporary Visual Art Projects, Denmark (2017), ‘For An Image Faster Than Light’, Yinchuan Biennale 2016, curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan, China, ‘Ein Baum Ist Ein Baum Ist Ein Baum’ curated by Prof. Dr. Herwig Guratzch and Kirsten Nordahl, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Arts, Dusseldorf, Germany (2015-2016), ‘The Wave Project’ curated by Klavs Weiss and Karen Havskov Jensen, ET4U Contemporary Visual Art Projects, Denmark, Scandinavia (2013), ‘Spell of Spill: Utopia of Ecology’, curated by Veeranganakumari Solanki, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi (2013), ‘What Rules?’ curated by Deeksha Nath , Nature Morte, Berlin, Germany (2012), ‘The Secret Life of Plants : Contemporary perspectives from India, China and Iran’, curated by Maya Kovskaya, Exhibit 320, New Delhi (2012), ‘India Awakens, Under the Banyan Tree’ curated by Alka Pande, ESSL Museum Of Contemporary Art, Klosterneuberg, Austria (2011), ‘Global/Local: Time and Space in Contemporary Indian Art’, curated by Stefan Wimmer, Henn Galerie, Munich, and Beck and Eggeling International New Quarters, Dusseldorf (2010), ‘Lo Real Maravilloso: Marvelous Reality’ curated by Sunil Mehra, Gallery Espace, New Delhi (2009), ‘Re-Claim / Re-Cite / Re-Cycle’, curated by Bhavna Kakar, Galerie Bose Pacia (2009), ‘Labyrinths Urban- Organic’, 1×1 Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2009), ‘The Second Sex: India’, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hongkong (2008), ‘Identity and Masquerade: Staging the Self’, multimedia project, directed by Anne Braybone, Tate Modern, London (2006), ‘CC: Crossing Currents: Video Art & Cultural Identities, Indo-Dutch Video Art Exhibition’, curated by Yohan Pinajjpel, Lalit Kala Akademi in collaboration with Royal Netherlands Embassy and Mondriaan Foundation (2004).