BIO 

VINITA KHANNA

Vinita Khanna works deploy a language of visual force across disciplines, including sculpture, painting, installation, collage and photography. She studied fine art at Hoch Schule in Zurich as well as St Martins and Goldsmiths College in London. Her work has been exhibited in institutions, art galleries, and other non-traditional gathering places internationally since the 1990s, notably at Ikon Gallery, British Council, the United Nations, the V&A, Tate Modern as well as at the Science Museum and the Royal Institute in London.

Her long-standing interest in philosophy (namely Advaita Vedanta), cosmology, and the environment has led her to a meditative practice as a visual artist. The themes in her work, speak in a poetic sense of the human as body/mind experience, and question how this relates to the wider cosmos.

Her research has led to collaborating with scientists and environmentalists. She has more recently developed art work which, often through an interactive process, conveys the urgency of the environmental destruction. Her introspective drawing and sculptural work, made of a variety of often discarded materials, point to the confusion of our value systems that have lead us to confine ourselves in ultimately destructive systems. 

Artist Statement:

‘How much of perception is based on what we know already rather than an actual sensory encounter? The surprise, which is part of the latter, can lead to absurd yet enlightening connections between perceived reality and the meanings of its materiality. I am concerned with the possibilities that are available through the physical, that is, the latent power of matter. Is there something within the matter itself which permits recognition to take place and where does human perception really transpire?’ 

Main / Solo Art Exhibitions

Delta Wharf Studios- Climate and Conflict- 2019

https://www.dazeddigital.com/art-photography/article/46233/1/contra-its-freezing-in-la-exhibition-art-activist-conversations-climate-change 

Somerset House- Kings College- Light Late 2019

Imperial College Festival May 2018

Greenovate Festival   October 2018 

Natural History Museum 2016- Colour and Vision

Tate Modern, London 2015 -Light & Dark Matters 

Natural History, Museum 2015 -Science Uncovered 

Science Museum, London, 2015      

Royal Society London, 2015- International Year of Light  

Gallery Escape, New Delhi, 2013 

Oriental Art Fair, Piccadilly, London 2010

Air Gallery London 2009

Palace Wharf Studios 2008

Art@42 gallery London 2006 ( Solo)

Indar Pasricha Gallery London 2006 (Solo)

Tehelka, Asia House London 2006

Norwich Gallery, Norwich, East 2005

Branchville Gallery Connecticut, 2004

Klink and Bank Art Space, Iceland, 2004

Victoria & Albert Museum, London -Affordable Housing 2004

The Millennium Gallery, London, September 2003

Message to India, British Council, Delhi, Bombay, Jaipur 2002 

Exhibition, Mare Street Studios, London, 2001

Lift Gallery London, 2000 ( Solo)

Goldsmith's MA final, London, 1999

Centre Point Gallery, London, 1999

Angel Spaces, London, 1989

Touring Exhibition Ikon Gallery, UK, 1989-1990

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 1989

Gallery at the United Nations, Geneva, 1987

Gallery Chausse Coqs, Geneva, 1987

Maison Fiasco, Geneva, 1986

Centre D’art Contemporain, Geneva, 1986

Sri Nakhariwirot University, (Solo), Bangkok, 1981

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