Vidha Saumya (b. 1984, Patna, India) lives and works in Helsinki. She received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai, studied Visual communication Design at Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru, pursued an independent study program at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, and holds an MA in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art from Aalto University, Helsinki. She is the co-founder and co-editor of NO NIIN, a Helsinki-based online monthly art magazine, and a founding member of the Museum of Impossible Forms, Finland. 

Her art practice is woven through the concept of (Home)land. Notions of exile and utopia potently charge her work, including poems, murals, drawings, photographs, videos, books, embroidery, sculptures, culinary interventions and digital artifacts. Her works question the normatives of aesthetics, gender, taste, academics or the most gigantic one of our times – the populist nation-state.

In her current practice, she recreates the delicate and overwhelming experience of a hyper-mediated digital media experience through cross-stitch works. These cross-stitch works are not just ‘digital’ in their surface but also in their content and process. Just like digitized images are constantly printed, shared, reshared and kaleidoscopically reframed in media feeds, these works relentlessly change their context and meaning. These ‘digital drawings’ often begin with a found photograph – an exploding bus in a national protest, shattered window panes in a conflict zone, a peaceful sky over a war zone, or the rose bush outside her window.

She has received artist grants from the Kone Foundation, Arts Promotion Center Finland, and Nordic Culture Point. Her works are in the collection of Aalto University and Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum. Her work has been exhibited in museums, institutions and galleries, including the Amos Rex Museum, Finland; Vantaa Art Museum, Finland; Vermont Studio Center, US; Academill, Finland; Frame Contemporary Art, Finland; dOCUMENTA (15) (2022); Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, India; Gallery Ark, India; Alliance Française, Pakistan; Chart Art Fair, Denmark; Third Space, Finland; and MAA-Tila Project Space, Finland. 

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