Pushpamala N. Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Pushpamala N.
From The Ethnographic Series Native Women of South India: Manners & Customs, 2000-2004 (Supported by an Arts Collaboration Grant from the India Foundation for the Arts)


Medium: set of 45 sepia-toned silver gelatin prints

Dimensions: variable

Bangalore based Pushpamala N is a photo- and video-performance artist who is the subject of her own compositions. In this series of works, the artist explores photography as a tool of ethnographic documentation and humorously challenges the authenticity of the photographic image. Created in collaboration with photographer Clare Arni, The Ethnographic Series draws attention to the choreographed stylistics of early anthropological studies, enacting and thereby transforming stereotypes of women. Dressing in period costume, Pushpamala refashions these stereotypes to subvert and critique the forensic classification of humanity. The strength of The Ethnographic Series lies in Pushpamala’s wit in reconstructing such scenes and playfully deconstructing them, acting both as subject and object to the camera.

Pushpamala N.'s Biography

Pushpamala N.
Born in 1956, Bangalore, India
Lives and works in Bangalore


Pushpamala N. Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai

Paris Autumn – video and photo installation, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, USA
Paris Autumn - video and photo installation, Nature Morte, New Delhi
Streetside Theatre – outdoor photo installation on bridge, Media Wave Festival, Gyor, Hungary
Paris Autumn and Rashtriy Kheer – Film screening, Tarahan-e-Azad Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Streetside Theatre, Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2007, National School of Drama, Delhi
Streetside Theatre, szene- Salzburg Festival Austria
Paris Autumn and Rashtriy Kheer Film Screening, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
Paris Autumn and Rashtriy Kheer Film Screening, Gallery Chemould, Bangalore

Pushpamala N, photo- performance work, Nature Morte and Bose Pacia, Milan, Italy
Pushpamala N, photo- and video- performance work, Espace Croise, Roubaix, France
Paris Autumn, video and photo installation, Galerie Zurcher, Paris, France
Native Women of South India – at Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, USA

Native Women of South India- at Nature Morte, Delhi

Native Women of South India – Manners and Customs, collaborative photo- performance project
with Clare Arni at Sumukha Gallery, Bangalore, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai & Seagull Arts
and Media Centre, Kolkata
Indian Lady, photo- and video- performance work, Bose Pacia, New York, USA

Phantom Lady and Sunhere Sapne, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
The Anguished Heart, photo-performance work, Nature Morte and Gallery Chemould, at British Council, Delhi

Golden Dreams, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore

Golden Dreams, photo- performance work, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

Phantom Lady or Kismet, a photo- romance, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
And at the artist’s studio, Bangalore

Excavations, sculpture/ installation, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

Pushpamala N, sculptures, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore.


Concurrent India, Helsingin Kaupungin Taidemuseo, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki

The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Changing Skin, Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangralay, Mumbai
Reframing Reality: Gimpses into the Lowave video archive, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde
Samtidigt, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Stockholm
Spiral Jetty, Nature Morte, New Delhi, New Delhi
Size Matters....Or Does It?, Latitude 28, New Delhi
Where Three Dreams cross:150 years of photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Whitechaple Art Gallery, London, UK

Lo Real Maravilloso: Marvellous Reality, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
Yo y el otro. Retratos en la fotografia India Contemporanea/ Sala Norte, ARTIUM, Centro Museo Vasco de Arte , Vitoria-Gasteiz
India 3:New Delhi, Republic Of Illusions, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Chalo! India, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
After Color, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York City, NY
Group Show, Galerie Zurcher, New York, New York City, NY

Where In The World, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon
Chalo! India: A New era In Indian Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Expanding Horizons, Bodhi Art Mumbai, Mumbai
Still Moving Image, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon

Indian Photo and Media Art- A Journey of Discovery, Fluss, Vienna, Austria
Post Object, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Canada
4th Sguardi Altrove Women’s Film Festival, Milan, Italy
Reflections: Women Imaging Realities, IAWRT Third Asian Film Festival, Delhi
Private/ Corporate IV, DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Destination Asia, Almaty, Kazhakstan
Indian Photography- Four Voices, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy
Public Places/ Private Spaces: Contemporary Photography and Video Art in India, The Newark Museum, USA
New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India, Chicago Cultural Centre, USA
Tiger by the Tail- Women Artists of India Transforming Culture, Brandeis University, USA
House Of Mirrors, Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery, London, UK
Here, There and Now, Gallery Soulflower, Bangkok, Thailand
New Wave/ New Delhi, Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
Prospects – Contemporary Art from India, Rome Film Festival, Italy
Bangalore International Film Festival
Edge of Desire, Asia Society, NGMA Delhi and Mumbai

India Express, Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland
India in all its Senses, Louis Vuitton Galleries, Paris, France
Bombay Maximum City, Lille 3000, Lille, France
Another Asia, Noorderlicht Photofestival 2006, Netherlands
Indian Video Art: Between Myth and History, part of Cinema Prayoga: Indian Experimental Film and Video 1913-2006, Tate Modern, London, UK
Edge of Desire, Berkeley Art Museum, California, USA

I, Me, Myself – Kashi Art Gallery, Cochin
Are We Like This Only- Vadehra Gallery, Delhi
Indian Summer, ENSBA, Paris, France
Edge of Desire, Asia Society, New York, Museo Tamayo & MARCO, Monterrey Mexico
Yokohama Triennale, Open Circle, Japan
Kovideo, 1st Durban Video festival, Durban, South Africa
Fiction @Love, Shanghai, China, and Singapore

Edge of Desire, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Iconography in Transient Times, Gallery Sumukha, Delhi

DiVerge, 40 Years of Chemould, NGMA, Mumbai
Heat - a Picture Show, Bose Pacia New York, USA
City Park, Projects Art Centre, Dublin, Ireland
World Social Forum, Mumbai

New Indian Art: Home, Street, Shrine, Bazaar, Museum, Manchester City Galleries, UK
Ways of Resisting, SAHMAT, New Delhi

Century City, Tate Modern, London, UK
Secular Practice: Recent Art from India, Montreal and Vancouver, Canada

Art from India, Patricia Correia Gallery, Los Angeles Biennale, USA

The Presence of the Past, NCPA, Mumbai

Telling Tales, Bath Festival Trust, traveling show, 4 cities,UK
Telling Times, British Council, Delhi

Shilpayan: Contemporary Indian Sculpture, National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi
The New South, London, UK
Fire and Life, Asia Link Art Project, Mumbai and Perth, Australia

100 Years of NGMA, National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi
Recent Trends in Contemporary Indian Art, Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi
Sculpture 95, Gallery Espace, Delhi
Postcards for Gandhi, SAHMAT, in 6 Indian cities
Africus, First Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa

Still Life, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

A Nest for Sparrow, Mumbai
2nd International Women’s Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

Pushpamala N and Alex Mathew, CMC Gallery, New Delhi
At Chemould Gallery, Mumbai and Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore

Timeless Art – Times of India, VT Station, Mumbai
Artists’ Alert, SAHMAT, New Delhi

The Sculpted Image - Bombay Arts Festival, Mumbai

VI Triennale-India, New Delhi

Pushpamala N., Atul Dodiya and Akkitham Vasudevan - Gallery 7, Mumbai
Seven Young Sculptors, Kasauli Art Centre, New Delhi

National Exhibitions