Akshay Raj Singh Rathore

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Akshay Raj Singh Rathore

Akshay Raj Singh Rathore is an artist whose practice centers on the realities of the ground. His critique begins from right under the ground and stretches to the glamourized constructions over the ground. Rathore, through his works, states the mindless un-sustainability of the modes of agriculture to keep up with the demands of the market, which in turn destroys the soil. Furthering his investigation, his works also make aware the viewer of the consequences of the rampant and rapid urbanization over the ground. He points to a packaged consumerism, which holds stories of inequality, of exploitation and of colossal abuse.

His mediums range from painting to sculptural installations, from videos to performance-based social experiments, from clay and mud to barbed wire and steel.

His works have been exhibited at Gallery Espace, New Delhi; Les Maisons du Voyage, Paris; Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and many others in and outside India. He has been part of several residencies including KHOJ [2013, 2012 and 2009] and Pro Helvetia—Swiss Arts Council [2012]. Interestingly, he also is developing the mode of video games into an art form.

The artist lives and works in Paris.

 

AKSHAY RAJ SINGH RATHORE

Born in 1978, Madhya Pradesh, India

Lives and works in Paris, France

EDUCATION

2004
Post Graduate Diploma in Animation Film Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

2001
Bachelor in Fine Arts (sp. Applied arts) from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, Gujarat, India

EXHIBITIONS

2018
Jeune creation 68e, Beaux-Arts de Paris

2017
Recontres Paris Berlin, Gaite Lyrique, Paris

2016
Level#1, Khoj Studios, New Delhi,
2015
Open Sea, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon
Impotent Rage, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2014
Drawings 2014, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Experiments with Truth and Time, Institute of Conflict Studies, Ahmedabad

2013
Rooting: Regional Networks, Global Concerns, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Of Games, Khoj Studios, New Delhi
Ideas of the Sublime, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

2012
Beyond Pressure, International Performance Arts Festival, Yangon,
Sarai 09, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon

2011
Generation in transition, New Art from India, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland and Contemporary Art Centre, Vilinus, Lithuania
Tolstoy Farm: Archive of Utopia, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

2010
Scratch, Sakshi Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
When she is away, Gallery Seven Art Limited, New Delhi

RESIDENCIES

2013
Of Games, Khoj Gaming residency, Khoj Studios, New Delhi

2012
Culture, IAAB Studios, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council residency, Basel, Switzerland
Maati, Sanskriti foundation residency, New Delhi
Abstract Reality, Negotiating Routes: Ecologies of the Byways, KHOJ project, Aulinjaa village, Madhya Pradesh

2011
Breaking stereotypes, Haryana Arts Council, Kurukshetra, India
Hybrid arts projects residency, La Libertad, El Salvador

2010
Sandarbh International Artist Residency, Partapur, India

2009
SOILBITE, Khoj Bihar, Khoj International Artist workshop, Patna, India

CURATIONS

2014
Rooting (India): The Knowledge Project, Kochi Biennale Bilateral exhibition, Kochi

ART FAIRS

2014

India Art Fair, Gallery Espace, NSIC Grounds, New Delhi

TALKS

2014
Cross Pollination: How to connect Art, Food & Nature, Kochi Biennale, Aspinwall House

2013
Rooting: Regional Networks, Global Concerns, Symposium at Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago
Keynote Presentation, Heritage Seeds and City Farming: Linking the Rural and the Urban in India, An Artist’s Perspective, LeRoy Neiman Center, School of Art Institute of Chicago

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