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Exploring Science Through Art | Profile Of Artist Rohini Devasher

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Updated: 30 September 2016
Rohini Devasher, based out of Noida, has been one of the few refreshingly original artists to have entered India’s art scene over the past decade. Equipped with an MA in Printmaking from the Winchester School of Art in the UK, and a BFA in Painting from the College of Art in New Delhi, Devasher works with a variety of media, including sound and video in addition to prints, among other things.

What makes Devasher’s work strikingly different in the contemporary arts scene is her successful exploration of science, particularly astronomy, through art. She has been researching abnormal terrains where myth and fiction blur the boundaries of what is real and imagined.

Story of our life. #bnw #rohinidevasher #bloodlines #art #science #nature #culture #perception #production #newsensorium

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One of her most recent collections consists of experiments and observations, constructed by observing, recording, fictionalizing, and imagining objects and spaces that exist at the interface between remote past and possible future, utopia and dystopia, the human and non-human. Comprising video, photographs and drawing, the work is a collection of new terrains featuring uncanny and remote skies, nomadic observation sites, telescopes and cyanometers.

#speculationsfromthefield #exhibition by #rohinidevasher showing @bdlmuseum #art #contemporaryart #mumbai

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Another exhibition of hers, Always Take The Weather With You, is a set of 12 photo-etchings of clouded skies with a peculiar back story. While traversing through various astronomical observatories as part of her research on astronomy, particularly the night sky, she found herself confronted by cloud rather than the clear skies ideal for viewing stars. And it wasn’t just in observatories across India, but she saw the same even at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory. Her exhibition seeks to serve as ‘a meditation on the polarity of clouds in all their glorious variations and formations’.

Project 88 at Frieze London | Stand J4 @friezeartfair #RohiniDevasher #SandeepMukherjee #Project88 #FriezeLondon #Frieze

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Her accolades are many, including the Forbes India Young Contemporary Artist of the Year 2014, Skoda Breakthrough Artist Award 2013, the Sarai Associate Fellowship 2010 and INLAKS Fine Art Award 2007 and 2008. Her work has been featured at the 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial and the Kochi Muziris Biennale, as well as displayed at prestigious galleries including IZIKO Museum in South Africa, The Wanås Foundation in Sweden, Courtauld Institute of Art in London, the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and the KHOJ and Apeejay New Media Gallery New Delhi among others.

Exhibited Artist: Rohini Devasher #naturemorte #contemporaryart #naturemortegallery #rohinidevasher

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Further indicating the global recognition of her work, she also served as an artist in residence at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan, the Glasgow Print Studio in 2014, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.