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Killing Site
Hema Upadhyay
Killing Site


Acrylic, gouache, dry pastel, photograph on paper, aluminium sheets, resin

183 x 122 x 61 cm
Baroda born and Mumbai based Hema Upadhyay uses photography and sculptural installations to explore notions of personal identity, dislocation, nostalgia and gender. Upadhyay’s work Killing Site draws on the theme of migration and human displacement across Asia. The top of the work is based on Mumbai’s dilapidated shanty towns, here appearing upside down and protruding out like a canopy over Upadhyay’s decorated montage. Upadhyay draws on her own personal and family history of migration to express her concerns and this is expressed through the way she portrays herself in her works. The upturned slums reference the repercussions and socio-economic inequalities that emerge as a hidden consequence of the relentless tide of urban development in the city.

Hema Upadhyay's BIOGRAPHY

Hema Upadhyay
Born in 1972, Baroda, India
Lives and works in Mumbai


Where the Bees Suck, There Suck I, Studio la CittĂ , Verona

Where the Bees Suck, There Suck I, MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Roma, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero

Yours Sincerely, Nature Morte, New Delhi.
Universe revolves on, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore (Ex. Cat)
Acrobats and their Scenes, Bodhi art gallery, Singapore

Glass House, Grosvenor Vadehra, London

Made in China, with Chintan Upadhyay, Viart Gallery, New Delhi
Underneath, Gallery Chemould, Bombay

Made in China, with Chintan Upadhyay, Gallery Chemould, Bombay

The Nymph and the Adult, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Sweet Sweet Memories, Gallery Chemould, Bombay
The Nymph and the Adult, Art Space, Sidney


Inde, Centre Pompidou, Parigi
Contemporary Art from India, Helsinki Art Museum – The Tennis Palace, Helsinki

At The Same Time, Kulturhuset, Stockholm
Midnight’s Children, curated by Marco Meneguzzo, Studio la Città, Verona,
Arts and Cities, Aichi Triennial 2010, Nagoya,
Indian Highway, Herning Museum Of Contemporary Art, curated by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Stinna Toft, Oslo
Midnight’s Children, curated by Marco Meneguzzo, Studio la Città, Verona
The Empire Strikes Back : Indian Art Today, The Saatchi Gallery, London
HomeLessHome, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem

The Power of Ornamentation, Orangery Lower Belvedere, Vienna, curated by Sabine B Vogel

India Moderna, IVAM, Valencia, curated by Juan Guardiola
The Audience and the Eavesdropper – New Art from Indian and Pakistan, Phillips de Purry, London
Chalo! India – The New Era of Indian Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Six degrees of separation: chaos, congruence and collaboration in South Asia, Khoj International Artist association, Anant art centre, Delhi, a cura di/curated by Pooja Sood
Everywhere is war & rumours of war, Bodhi art gallery, Mumbai, curated by Shaheen Merali
Eurasia – Geographic Cross-overs in Art, MaRT Rovereto (TN)
Indian Focus, Espace Claude Berri, Paris
Indi Genius, Sakshi Gallery and Soka Contemporary Art Centre, Taipei
Fire Walkers, Stux Gallery, New York, USA
AF FAIR, Gallery 1 x 1, Dubai, curated by Bose Krishnamachari.
India Crossing, Studio la CittĂ , Verona, in collaboration with Bodhi Art Gallery

Urban Manners, Hanger Bicocca, Milano, curated by Adelina Von Fustenberg
India: New Installations Part II, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh

Panchtantra, Kashi Art Gallery, Cochin
Here and Now: Contemporary voices from India, Grosvenor Vedehra, London
Bombay, Maximum City, Tri Postal, Lille
Shadow Line, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Long Happy Hours Thereby Happiness and Others Stories, The Museum Gallery, Mumbai
Parallel Realities, The Third Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Blackburn Museum, Blackburn

Indian Summer, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris
Parallel Realities, Asian Art Now, The 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka
Present-Future, National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay
Indian Contemporary Art, Chelsea College of Art, London
Are we like this only?, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

Have we met?, Japan Foundation, Tokyo
Separate Identities, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Concepts and Ideas, Cima Art Gallery, Kolkata, Gallery 27, Oslo

Crossing Generations: Diverge, 40 years of Gallery Chemould, Bombay
Portraits of a Decade, Cima gallery, Kolkata & Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Loco-Foco-Motto, produced during Vasl Residency, V.M. Gallery, Karachi
Parthenogenesis, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
The Tree from the Seed, Henie Onstad Kunssenter, Oslo

Brahma to Bapu (Icons and Symbols in Indian Art), Cima Gallery, Calcutta & India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Trans-figuration, Art Inc., Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New delhi

10th International Triennale – India, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
Exchanging Territories, Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi
10th International Triennale-India, NGMA, Bombay

Memos for the new Millennium from Artists of a Moulting World, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Bombay
Sic, Fine Art Company, Bombay
Mumbai Metaphor, Tao Art gallery, Bombay
Secret Life of Objects, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Bombay

Group Show (Two Artists), Prithvi Art Gallery, Bombay

4th International Print Biennal, Bhopal