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Kiran Subbaiah

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Sidapur, Coorg District, Karnataka, India

Birth year


Representing galleries


Kiran Subbaiah was born in India. He has studied and worked at various art institutions in India and Europe. His creative production consist of 3-dimensional objects, site/context-specific texts, short stories, videos, and proposals for utilitarian objects. He has been making computer-specific art-objects since 1999. He is currently having a solo show, Narcissicon, at Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai.



Male, Indian. 

DOB: 13/02/1971.

POB: Sidapur, Coorg District, Karnataka, India.


1999: MFA (Sculpture), Royal College of Art, London, UK.

1994: MFA (Sculpture), Fine Arts Faculty, M.S. University, Baroda, India.

1992: BFA (Sculpture), Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan, India.

Group Shows:

1996: Garden of Delight, Vlaardingen Boomgard, The Netherlands.

1997: Antonin Artaud Centenary Show, Eicher Gallery, New Delhi.

1998: Summer Show, RCA, London.

1998, 99: Absolute Secret for Absolut Vodka, Gulbenkian Hall, London.

1999: Another Place, Levi's Flagship Gallery, London.

2000: Visages de Rencontres, Maison Populaire de Montreuil, Paris.

2000: Open Circle, Tao Gallery, Mumbai.

2001: On The Edge of Volume, Alliance Francaise, Bangalore.

2002: Een Andere Kijk op de Wereld, Fort Vuren, The Netherlands.

2002: Festival de Rode Loper, De Niewe Ooster, Amsterdam.

2002: Private Mytholigies, Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi.

2002: Media Arts Asia Pacific Festival, Beijing.

2002: All my Belongings. Rijksakademie Open Ateliers. Amsterdam.

2003: Projections. Irma Vep Lab, Chatillion, France.

2003: Stopping By (with Dustin Larson). Clean Brothers' Laundry, Amsterdam.

2003: Lost and Found Radio, De Waag, Amsterdam.

2003: Backwards Ahead, Rijksakademie Open Ateliers, Amsterdam.

2004: Another Passage to India, Musee d'Ethnographie, Geneva.

2004: Indo-German Video Art Festival, Goethe Institute, Bangalore.

2004: 10th Biennale de l'Image en mouvement, Centre pour l'image contemporaine, Geneva.

2004: Location Zero = Infinity, Pixxel Point, Nova Gorica, Slovenia.

2004: Have We Met? The Japan Foundation, Tokyo.

2004: LA Freewaves, 9th Biennial Festival of Film, Video and New media, Los Angeles.

2005: Are We Like This Only? Vadhera Gallery, New Delhi, India.

2005: Mirror Worlds, Australian Center for Photography, Sydney.

2006: Subcontigent, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy

2007: Objects, Vadhera Gallery, New Delhi.

2008: First Left Second Right, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.

2008: Still Moving, Devi Foundation, New Delhi.

2008: East West Encounter, Gallery Kashi, Cochin, India.

2008: By all Means, C&L, Mumbai.

2008: Singapore Biennale

2008: Chalo India, Mori Museum, Tokyo.

2008: Indian Highway (I), Serpentine, London.

2009: Analytic Engine, Bose Pacia, Kolkata.

2009: On Certainty, Bose Pacia, New York.

2009: Chalo India, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea.

2009: Indian Highway (II), Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo.

2009: India (1899-2008). La Casa Encendida, Madrid.

2009: The View from Elsewhere, Sherman Art Foundation, Sydney; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

2009: Caturday is Cleaning Day, The Loft, Mumbai.

2009: Moment as Monument, Travancore Palace, New Delhi.

2010: Indian Highway (III), Herning Kunstmuseum of Contemporary Art, Denmark.

2010: Video Art India, Fundació "la Caixa", Barcelona.

2010: I Think - therefore Graffiti, The Guild, Mumbai.

2010: Last Words, 4A Center for Contemporary Art. Sydney.

2011: Skoda Prize show, Max Muller Bhavan, New Delhi.

2011: Indian Highway (IV), MAC Lyon. France.

2011: Paris, Delhi, Bombay…, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

2011: On the Sidereal, The Guild, Mumbai.

2011: Video Soiree, La Centrale, Montreal.

2011: Indian Highway (V), MAXXI, Rome.

2011: You Don’t Belong (I), UCCA, Beijing.

2011: You Don’t Belong (II), Libreria Borges Institute for Contemporary Art, Guangzhou.

2011: You Don’t Belong (III), Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai.

2012: Cinema Alley, Gallery 4A, Sydney.

2012: Indian Highway (VI), UCCA, Beijing.

2012: Five (anniversary show), C&L Mumbai.

2012: Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Kochi.

Solo Shows:

1996: Confronting Gift-wrapped Curses, Fine Arts Faculty, Baroda.

1997: Revised Lessons in Taking and Giving, Images gallery, Bangalore.

1999: Hello I am..., Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury.

2002: Shhhhh! Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore.

2009: Sleepwalker Daydream, C&L, Mumbai.

2012: Selected Short Videos. Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai.

2012: Narcissicon), C&L Mumbai.

Residencies/ Workshops:

1995: European Ceramic Work Centre, Holland.

1998: Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris.

1999 –2001: Shankara Centre for the Arts, Bangalore, India.

2000: Open Circle, Mumbai.

2002: Skoki Workshop, Poznan Akademie, Poland.

2002-3: Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. Amsterdam.

2005: Khoj Workshop, Mumbai.

2005-6: Stiftung Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen, Germany.

2008: Khoj Sonic Art Residency, New Delhi.

2011: Flaggfabrikken, Bergen, Norway.


1995: Unesco Aschberg Bursary

1997: Inlaks scholarship

2002 -3: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2005: Stiftung Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen.

Work Experience:

1998: Visiting Tutor, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury, UK.

2001: Visiting Faculty, National Institute of Design, Ahemadabad, IN.

2003: Visiting Artist, Den Bosch Academy of Art and Design, s’Hertogenbosch, NL.

2005: Exhibition Coordinator, World Information City Exhibition, Bangalore, IN.

2006: Seminar Coordinator, ‘The Expanding Field of Video’, CKP/ Max Muller Bhavan, Bangalore, IN.

2007: Jury, Srishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore, IN

2007: Evaluator, India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore IN

2011: Visiting Faculty, Srishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore, IN


2011: Indian Highway, © MAC Lyon. France.

2011: Paris, Delhi, Bombay…, © Centre Pompidou, Paris.

2011: Indian Highway, © MAXXI, Rome.

2010: Video Art India, © Fundació "la Caixa", Barcelona.

2010: Last Words, © Gallery 4A. Sydney.

2009: India (1899-2008). © La Casa Encendida, Madrid.

2009: The View from Elsewhere, © Sherman Art Foundation, Sydney; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

2009: The View from Elsewhere, © Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation and Queensland Art Gallery.

2009: On Certainty, Shifter Magazine, Issue 14, New York.

2009: Chalo India, © National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea.

2009: Indian Highway, © Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo.

2009: Platform Magazine (Review), Issue 1, Mumbai.

2009: Learning Curve by Deepanjana Pal, Time Out Magazine Mumbai. April. © Time Out.

2009: India. Auteur Films, Independent Documentaries and Video Art (1899-2008). © La Casa Encendida

2008: Indian Highway, © Serpentine.

2008: Chalo India, © Mori Art Museum.

2006: Subcontigent. Ilaria Bonacossa and Francesco Manacorda. © Electa | Fondazione Sandretto  Re Rebaudengo.

2006: Autobiography of a Truthful Man (videos on DVD), Copyleft.

2005: The Ludic Epiphany of Kiran Subbaiah, by Abhishek Hazra, © Art and Deal.

2005: Mirror Worlds, © ACP.

2005: Are we Like This Only?, © Vadhera Gallery.

2004: Have We Met? ã The Japan Foundation.

2003: Video Art in India, ã Apeejay Press, e.books World Pvt Ltd.

2003: Being It, ã Dustin Larson, Kiran Subbaiah.

2003: Stopping By, ã Dustin Larson, Kiran Subbaiah.

2002: Concealments (video works on DVD), Copyleft.

2002: Original Photocopy  (first edition), Copyleft.

2002: CRASHRUN v2.0, (CD ROM), Copyleft.

2001: On the Edge of Volume, by Marta J Karle, ã Synergy Foundation.

2001: Art Utopia and the Allegorical Impulse, by Shankar Natarajan, ã Art India Magazine.

2000: 20th Century Indian Sculpture, edited by Dr Shivaji Panikker, ã Marg Publications.

1999: The Show, ã RCA.

1999: Visages de Rencontres, by Estelle Pages, ã Au figur et Maison Populaire.

1997: Garden of Delight, Vilma Henkelman, ã Stichting Ceramic Circle.

1997: Revised Lessons in Taking and Giving, Copyleft.

Recent Exhibits

Kiran Subbaiah participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2013 We Are Ours: A Collection of Manifestos For The Instant
Clark House (Bombay)
Dec, 2013 We Are Ours: A Collection of Manifestos For The Instant
KHOJ International Artists' Association
Mar, 2013 Chatterjee & Lal at Photoink
Dec, 2012 Narcissicon
Chatterjee & Lal Gallery
Aug, 2012 Five
Chatterjee & Lal Gallery
Jul, 2011 On The Sidereal
The Guild Art Gallery
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