sonam   |   Intermedia artist   |   Assistant Lecturer at O.P. Jindal Global University

Female, b. 1991, lives in New Delhi, India


2016     Master’s in Visual Arts (Interdisciplinary), Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR. (2014-’16)

2014     Bachelor’s in Visual Arts (Sculpture), Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat. (2010-’14)

Selected Group Shows    |    Projects

2020   KAIROI Time Auction, an online auction of time collected by a time-sensitive vending machine- KAIROI. The total time kept for auction [23 days: 7 hours: 10 minutes] was accumulated by the machines from the users/ participants at the venues, and is put for auction through non-monetary bids in the form of acts/ happenings. KAIROI is realised within a year long series of events- Five Million Incidents 2019-2020 conceived by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective. Technical support: Ebaad Ansari. To know more: www.kairoi.in

2019-’20     Exhibited KAIROI, a time sensitive vending machine in a year long series of events- Five Million Incidents 2019-2020 conceived by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective. Technical support: Banana House (New Delhi). Two machines were exhibited at MMB New Delhi and Kolkata for 6 months.

2019     Conceptualized and initiated the project, First Draft, a series of self-curated pop-up shows by group of artists exhibiting works-in-progress. The first show was at NIV Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2018 and second at 6464, Vasantkunj, New Delhi, in 2019.

2019     Conceptualized and initiated the project, out-of-line, a virtual sound-art exhibition on the phone line, using automated calling system to call people such that they can listen to different artists’ sound pieces.

The second show was exhibited as part of a group show- Real Time Tactics curated by Mila Samdub, in the context of The earth is still going around the sun : CISA 2019 Exhibitions, a project by Khoj International Artists’ Association, at IIC, New Delhi.

Both shows were co-curated with Suvani Suri, in collaboration with Kaushal Sapre and Jaidev Deshpande.

2019     Conceptualized and managing the Artreach Apprenticeship, Internship and Mentorship Program (AIM) with Artreach India, which facilitates children from Shelter homes in Delhi to work and learn under Artists or art organisations, in order to find better higher education and work opportunities and become self-dependent. www.artreachindia.org

2019     Critical Constellations by FICA (Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art), under the Reading Room project- Listening post by Vasudha Thozhur at IGNCA, New Delhi, India.

2018  8×4- The flowers will start flowering curated by Jasone Miranda-Bilbao in collaboration with Akansha Rastogi and Paribartan Mohanty at Galley OED, alongside Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India. The exhibition travelled to Sala Rekalde gallery, Bilbao, Spain.

2018     Random Variables curated by Ushmita Sahu at WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Poolside Gallery, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

2018     apple in dream mode curated by John Xaviers at Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai, India. Part of MAR’s Curatorial lab.

2018    De-text – a two day festival for performative philosophy, by Philosophy Unbound at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India. 

2018     First Draft, an uncurated pop-up show at NIV Art Gallery, New Delhi, India

2017-’18 Building Bridges: An International Art Project curated by Ushmita Sahu in collaboration with Emergent Art Space, San Francisco, culminating into an online show and three physical shows in India at AM Multidisciplinary (Kolkata), Art Konsult (Delhi) and Gallery Samukha (Bangalore), based on interactions between 7 Indian and 7 International young artists.

2016     Imagined Futures Reconstructed Pasts curated by Meera Menezes, presented by Anant Art gallery at Bikaner House, New Delhi, India

2016     MFA group show of Shiv Nadar University, Kiran Nadar Museum of Arts, Noida, India

2013     Shoonya at the Exhibition Hall, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, India

Artist Residencies    |    Awards/Fellowships

2019     Five Million Incidents grant for creating art installations to be exhibited at Max Mueller Bhavan (Delhi and Kolkata) funded by Goethe-institut and the program is conceptualised by Raqs Media Collective.

2018     Month long residency at Kammari Residency- space for experimental thinking and arts, Treis Elies, Cyprus.

2018    Two-month long residency at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat, Haryana, India; culminating in an Artist-in-Residence exhibition of the project: Occurrences.

2017-’18   Artreach India’s Teaching Fellowship. A year-long programme with the kids of Salaam Baalak Trust (NGO), awarded by Artreach India and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi. It culminated in two exhibitions: at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (Saket) and Ojas Art Gallery (1AQ), New Delhi, India

2017     Month long residency at Utsha Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Bhubaneswar, India.

2017     Month long residency at What About Art?, Mumbai, India.


writings/works published:

2018     In Transit: the Ambivalence of Travelling as an Artist-Tourist, article published on Emergent Art Space’s website.

2018     Poetry and drawing published in the second issue of Art Dose Zine (print), India.

2018     Lost and Found Objects: Between Art and Monotony, Article published on Utsha Foundation’s blog and Emergent Art Space’s website.

2017     Interview published on the blog of What About Art? Residency, Mumbai.

about work:

2018      ‘Looking for the Profound in the Ordinary – Reflections from Sonam Chaturvedi’s Art Exhibition ‘Occurrences’ at Jindal Global University’ by Asmita Singhvi, University of Oxford. Published in the Second Issue of The Centre for Women, Law and Social Change Blog.

2016      ‘Artists to Look Out for: Volume III’  by Starry Night Programs, New Mexico, (print), p.13