EMERGING ARTIST AWARD 2013 | SUJITH SNSujith SN creates
artworks that map out how spatial rhythms and territorial boundaries of modern
urban landscapes inevitably lead to violence. His work addresses the
relationship between politics and architecture and its effect on modern
societies, and specifically how modern architecture has come shape the
political, social, and cultural behaviors of its inhabitants. Having grown up
in various cities in South India during a period of rapid urbanisation his
practice is informed greatly by these spatial transformations. His work is
further is inspired by his training as a draughtsman in the construction
industry. Sujith received his BFA from College of Fine Arts, Trichur, and MFA
from the Sarojini Naidu School of Fine Arts, Performing Arts and Communication
in the University of Hyderabad and . His works have been exhibited as a part of
various group shows including The
Map is not Territory at Lattitude 28, Relative Visa at Bodhi, Indian Subway at Grosvner
Vadehra, London, and several others at Sakshi Gallery and Gallery OED. He had
his first solo show The City
and the Tower at Sakshi Gallery in 2008. He was part of Khoj
Kolkata artists residency in 2009, and has received various awards such as the
Kerala Lalit Kala Academi State Award and a Merit Scholarship from the
University of Hyderabad.
The FICA Emerging Artist Award 2011 was shared between Charmi Gada Shah and Sujith SN. The recipients were selected by a jury that consisted of artist Bharti Kher, curator Gayatri Sinha, photographer and curator Sunil Gupta, Chandrika Grover of Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council in collaboration with Swiss curator Nadia Schneider Willen, and Radhika Chopra and Vidya Shivadas of FICA.
Solo exhibition | Psalms of an Invisible River by Sujith SN
17 August – 7 September 2013 | Venue: Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024
Vadehra Art Gallery presents the solo exhibition of Sujith SN, as part of the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art’s (FICA) Emerging Artist Award 2011. Sujith SN’s exhibition of watercolours titled Psalms of an Invisible River speaks in a tongue of Holbeinesque metaphors and meanings. The large format works on paper present a world that is both poetic and apocalyptic, and sets the stage for narratives on humanity’s relationship with the world and its various other inhabitants. The invisible river from the tile could be any of the hundreds of rivers running through Indian cities which have been forgotten, misused and hidden under the forest of buildings. They also double as metaphors of people and lives which go unseen amidst the daily humdrum of urban chaos. Sujith’s rendering of space and atmosphere, and the pervading twilight that his landscapes are suspended in, echoes the double-edged character of development.