Biography

VIDHA SAUMYA (b.1984, Patna, India)

Lives and works in Helsinki

Founding member of ‘Museum of Impossible Forms’, Helsinki, Finland

Education

MA in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, 2018

Diploma in Visual Communication Design, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India, 2008

Independent Study Program, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan, 2008

BFA (Painting), Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai, India, 2005

Grants

Taike Artist Grant 2020, Art Promotion Center, Finland

Artist Grant 2017 for the project, ‘Monumentless Moments: The Utopia of Figureless Plinths’, Kone Foundation, Helsinki, Finland

Projects

‘Reading List’, an artistic commission for ‘Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities’ – Public Programme by Frame Contemporary Art Finland, 2019

‘Monumentless Moments: The Utopia of Figureless Plinths’, supported by Kone Foundation, Helsinki, Finland, 2017-2019

Poetry Reading

‘Baltic Circle Festival’ Programme Launch, Today Is Our Tomorrow – initiated by PUBLICS, Helsinki, 2019

Gathering for Rehearsing Publications, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Helsinki, 2019

Runojulistenayttely avajaiset – Poem Poster Exhibition, Lahti Institute of Design, Lahti, 2019

Runoviiko Poetry Festival, Korjaamo, Kiilaklubi, Helsinki, 2018

Anti-Racist Forum Workshop: Respectability Politics and Model Minority Myths, Helsinki, 2018

Anti-Racist Feminist Stage, The Theater Academy, Helsinki, 2018

Books

‘Reading List Companion’, self-published for ‘Gathering for Rehearsing Publications’, to accompany wall mural ‘Reading List’ commissioned by Frame Contemporary Art Finland, 2019

‘Naap’, a book of drawings, published by STUDIOVAAK, 2019

‘Purdah’, a book of drawings, published by STUDIOVAAK, 2019

‘Gunpowder’, a book of drawings, published by STUDIOVAAK, 2017

‘Tah’, handmade photobook, 2014

‘Bhoora’, photobook published by STUDIOVAAK, 2014

‘EXPLOSIVES’, self-published book of drawings, 2009

‘Guftagu: gutarrrgoon’, self-published illustrated book of conversations, 2008

‘Made in Lahore’, a book of drawings, 2008

Solo Exhibitions

2016     ‘No one at the ceremony remembers to mention the artist’, Third Space, Helsinki, Finland

2015     ‘BODY as SITE’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

2011     ‘Love Charades’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

2010     ‘Song of the Sirens’, Grey Noise, Lahore, Pakistan

2008     ‘Baaji Naama’, Nairang Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

2008     ‘Lahori Bachchey’, Alliance Francoise, Lahore, Pakistan

Group Exhibitions

2019    ‘80 Days’, curated by Jani Lehtonen, Artsi: Vantaa Art Museum, Vantaa, Finland

2019    ‘In the Land of Downside up: Adbhut Lok’, curated by Nancy Adajania, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata, India

2018    ‘Experimental Event IV: La Torre de Babel’, Valimo Hall of Palmgren Conservatory, Pori Finland

2018    ‘Caressing History: A Draft for Body-based Historiography’, curated by Adwait Singh, Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi, India

2018    ‘River in an Ocean’, curated by Abdullah Qureshi and Natasha Malik, Lahore Pakistan

2017    ‘I am our common pronoun’, curated by Helga Christofferson, Chart Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark

2017    ‘Dwelling’, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

2017     ‘IS/NOT: Sculpture for the Post-Truth Era’, Aalto University Learning Centre, Helsinki, Finland

2016     ‘Where does poetry nest?’, curated by Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Galleria Emil, Tampere, Finland

2014    ‘Touched by Bhupen’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

2014    ‘Call a book a book’, HIVE, Mumbai, India

2012    ‘Mumbai Gallery Weekend’, Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India

2012    ‘India Art Fair’, New Delhi, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

2011    ‘5th Anniversary Exhibition’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

2010    ‘The Leaf Song’, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Northamptonshire, UK

2009    ‘Long Gone and Living Now’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

2008    ‘Polyptych’, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

Residencies

2018    Asemalabra S2E1, Helsinki, Finland

2010    Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Northamptonshire, UK