Jaishri Abichandani

Jaishri Abichandani Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Jaishri Abichandani
Allah O Akbar (and detail)


Leather whip, wire, paint, swarovski crystals

65 x 450 cm (Dimensions variable)

Allah O Akbar is created from black whips, painted in green and red and mounted against a white wall. The work incorporates the colours of the Iraqi flag (green, red, black and white) and also uses the same Kufic script to recreate the phrase or takbir used on the flag and recited by many Muslims. Literally translated the words mean ‘God is Great’. However, as an American opposed to the war in Iraq, Abichandani references recent political violence unleashed in the country, by using leather whips and Swarovski crystals to form this phrase.

Jaishri Abichandani's Biography

Jaishri Abichandani
Born in 1969, Mumbai, India
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


Dirty Jewels' Rossi and Rossi, London, UK

Reconciliations Gallery Sumukha. Bangalore and Chennai, India
Bijli: Heart of a Drag Queen Kran Film Collective. Brussels, Belgium

Reconciliation, Queens Museum of Art. New York USA
Signs of the Times, Williams College. Massachusetts, USA

The Enchanted Life of…, Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India

Mind’s Desire Gallery Chemould. Mumbai, India
Mind’s Desire’ NYU Asian Pacific American Studies Institute Gallery. New York City, USA
Under Western Skies Castle of Good Hope. Capetown, South Africa


The Empire Strikes Back, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Bring Me a Lion' Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Untitled Project:Thingamajigs, Gallery OED, Kochi, India

Frontiers of Time, IVAM, Valencia, Spain
Conflicting Tales, Burger Collection, Berlin, Germany
Gender and Performativity, Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Alexandria, Egypt
Anomalies' Rossi and Rossi London, UK
Indian Popular Culture, and beyond: The Untold(the rise of) Schisms' Sala Alcalá Madrid, Spain
Transitional Aesthetics, Beijing 798 Biennale Dashanzi Arts District Beijing, China
Artists in Exile' Arario Gallery, New York City, USA
Re- Imagining Asia' New Art Gallery Walsall. Walsall, UK
Contemporary India' Gallery Project Ann Arbor. Michigan, USA
Shifting Shapes, Unstable Signs' Yale School of Art. Connecticut, USA
Have We Moved Away From Whats Hotter Than Curry Yet' Gallery Open Eyed Dreams, Kochi, India
Gen Next IV' Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkotta, India

Re Imagining Asia, House of World Cultures. Berlin, Germany
The Tea Pavillion, Third Guangzhou Triennial. Guangdong Museum of Art. Guangzhou, China
Everywhere is War (and Rumors of War), Bodhi Art. Mumbai, India
Korea International Art Fair, Avanthay Contemporary. Seoul, Korea
Stories We Tell, NYSAFF. Art in General. New York City, USA
Global Honking Ground' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. San Francisco, USA
The B Sides, Al Jira Center for Contemporary Art. New Jersey, USA
Emerging Discourse…of the Diaspora, Bodhi Art. New York City, USA
The Ego, The Persona, The Shadow and The Old Man, The Guild Art Gallery. New York City, USA
Declaration of Immigration, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago. Illinois, USA
Fire Walkers, Stephen Stux Gallery. New York City, USA
Exploding the Lotus Arts and Culture Center of Hollywood. Florida, USA
Recent Acquisions to Momenta Art's Video Library, Momenta Art Gallery. New York City,USA
Moving Beyond the Frame, Gallery Espace. Delhi, India
Critical Studio, Macy Gallery, Columbia University. New York City,USA
A Wrinkle in Time, Rotunda Gallery. New York City, USA
Real Fiction Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York City, USA
Kunst 08, Avanthay Contemporary. Zurich, Switzerland

Emergency Room, P.S.1/ MOMA. New York, USA
Hobby Horse, Avanthay Contemporary. Zurich, Switzerland
Arte Nuevo Interactiva 07, Galleria del Teatro Peon Contreras. Merida, Mexico
Photoimagen 07, French Embassy Gallery. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
As if I had seen it with my own eyes and said it with my own voice, Impakt Festival Utrecht, Netherlands
Femme Fantastique, Volitant Gallery. Austin. TX, USA
Enfoco New Works 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Longwood Art Gallery. New York, USA
Transfixed, NYSAFF. Alwan for the Arts. New York, USA
Momenta Art Auction 2007, Momenta Art Gallery and White Columns Gallery. New York, USA
Sultana's Dream, Exit Art. New York, USA

Deuces ex Machina, Market Gallery. Glasgow, UK
Dangling between the real thing and the sign in the window, Dam Stuhltrager Gallery. New York, USA
Believe, Rush Arts Gallery. New York, USA
Wild Girls, Exit Art. New York, USA
Deviant Bodies, CEPA Gallery. Buffalo, New York. USA