PARTICIPANT / Sheba Chhachhi

  • Name Sheba Chhachhi
  • Country India
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Sheba Chhachhi (b.1958 in Harar, Ethiopia) trained at Delhi University and at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. Chhachhi is a photographer, women’s rights activist, writer, film-maker and an installation artist. Issues centring on women and the impact of urban transformations inform most of Chhachhi’s site-specific installations and artworks. Chhachhi works with lens-based images, investigating questions of gender, ecology, violence and visual culture. Her works address the question of transformation, personal and collective memory, retrieving the marginal, and the play between the mythic and social. A chronicler of the women’s movement in India, as both photographer and activist, she began developing collaborative, staged photographic portraits with her subjects in the early 90s, before moving on to photo-based installations. Chhachhi’s new artistic language includes moving-image light boxes that consist of a series of translucent and transparent layers. When viewed the works take on a startling dimensionality as the layers merge in and out of each other to conjure a cinematic aesthetic.

Chhachhi has exhibited her works at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Gwangju, Taipei, Moscow, Singapore, Karachi, and Havana Biennales, Kathmandu International Art Festival, Whitechapel Gallery, London, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Helsinki Art Museum, among others. Her works are in the collections of the Tate Modern, Kiran Nadar Museum, Delhi, BosePacia, New York, Singapore Art Museum, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi, and National Gallery of Modern Art, India.

In 2011, she was awarded the Juror’s Prize for Contemporary Art by the Singapore Art Museum and in 2017, she received the prestigious Prix Thun for Art and Ethics. She lives and works in New Delhi.