Sheba Chhachhi


Sheba Chhachhiis amulti-talented installation artist, photographer, activist and a passionatewriter who prudentlymake use ofdifferent types of media and found objects to unearth and interconnectwith the power of feminine insight. She was born on January 1, 1958 in Harare, Ethiopia.

She primarily focussed on issues revolving around women. The artist has worked both independently and in association with other women artists and artisans to bring about wakefulness of the challenges faced by women at different levels of society.

Education & Work

Sheba Chhachhi was completed her education from Delhi University after which she attended the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad.

Interestingly, her artistic journey kick started with documentary photography, introducing a series of works fashioned on the various women’s movement that took placein India.

With every new collation of works, she radically transforms her practise, experimenting off and on with different aspects, such as photography, video, sound and light – in an endeavour to make her philosophies and dogmas more and more palpable and poignant to her audience.

She has actively participated in various solo exhibition, including Sheba Chhachhi’, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA; Winged Pilgrims: A Chronicle from Asia’, Nature Morte, New Delhi; ‘Women of the Cloth: Photographic Conversations’, Sheba Chhachhi, Nature Morte, New Delhi; ‘Ganga’s Daughters, Nellkanth: Poison/Nectar, When the Gun is Raised, Dialogue Stops’, Townsend Centre Fellow, University of California, Berkley; ‘Ganga’s Daughters: Meetings with Women Ascetics 1992-2004’, Nature Morte, New Delhi; Tejaskaya, Light India Festival, PragatiMaidan, New Delhi; ‘BuriNazarWalae, TeraBhiBhala: Public Art Project’, Boxwallahs, at a petrol pump with DeEgo, Gurgaon; ‘Seven Lives and a Dream: Narratives of Women Activists’, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and The Mirror is the Witness: Wild Mothers II’, MaxMuellerBhavan, New Delhi.

Some of the selected group exhibition wherein Sheba Chhachhishowcased her paintingsincludes'Seven Contemporaries', KiranNadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi; 'ZONES OF CONTACT: Propositions on the Museum', KiranNadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi; Slipping Through The Cracks', Latitude 28, New Delhi; Your Name is Different There', Volte, Mumbai; 'Staging Selves: Power, Performativity & Portraiture', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; 'Asianart: Sustain', Nature Morte, Berlin in partnership with Asia Pacific Weeks 2011; 'High-Light', presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at The Oberoi, Gurgaon; 'Excrescence', The Guild, Mumbai; Concepts & Ideas 2011', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata; Against All Odds: A Contemporary Response to the Historiography of Archiving Collecting, and Museums in India', Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; Water Ways', Walsh Gallery, Chicago; Punctum 1: A Critical Look at The Body in South Asian Photography', Lakeeren, Mumbai; Astonishment of Being', Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata and our Women Photographers’, Spectrum Photography Festival, Horizon Gallery, London, to name a few.

She has even contributedin a joint exhibition in collaboration with Sonia Jabbar, When the Gun is Raised, Dialogue Stops…Women's Voices from Kashmir’, organised at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Apart from this, she has actively exhibited her artwork in Sub-topical Heat: New Art from South Asia', Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; India: Lado a Lado / Arte Contemporânea Indiana (India: Side by Side / Indian Contemporary Art)', part of the Exhibition ÍNDIA! presented by Brazilian Ministry of Culture and Banco do Brasil at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo; SESC Belenzinho, São Paulo and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília; Shadow Lines: India Meets Indonesia', part of Biennale Jogja XI at Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta; 'Beyond Globalization', Beyond Art Space, Beijing; 'Armory Show', New York presented by Bose Pacia / Nature Morte; 'Indian Narrative in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History', Casa Asia, Madridand Concurrent India', Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace, Finland, to name a few.

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