Mithu Sen

Born 1971 in West Bengal, India

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Born 1971 in West Bengal, India

Lives and works in New Delhi, India

Mithu Sen performs conceptual and interactive multi-format byproducts which include drawing, poetry, moving images, sculptures, installations, sound, and others. Her practice manifests human interactions, employing the medium of life to actualize her art production. She constantly (un)defines concepts and their functioning regarding acceptable modes of interactions, questioning pre-codified hierarchies that define the social performance of roles, the politics of tabooed identity that marks the other, and the plethora of constructs that actualize human existence as a reality. Through radical hospitality, lingual anarchy, counter capitalism, untabooed sexuality, and monolithic identity; the artist persistently explores the void of in-betweenness, where (un)constructs dwell, waiting to be (un)realized. 

Mithu Sen studied at the Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan, India, where she earned her MFA in Painting. In 2001 she visited the PG Programme of the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, UK. She was nominated for and won numerous awards, among them the Skoda award in best Indian Contemporary Art in 2010 and the Prudential Eye Award for contemporary Asian art in drawing in 2015. 

Recent exhibitions include Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria (2022), South Asia Institute, Chicago, USA, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India (2021), Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina, Climate Week NYC, New York City, USA (2020), S.M.A.K., Belgium, Galerie Krinzinger, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida, India (2019), Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India, FotoFestInternational 2018 Biennial, USA (2018) and many others.  

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