Artists > Surabhi Saraf

SURABHI SARAF and Sebastian Alvarez Oscillations, 2012, interactive installation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Introduction

With a diverse array of techniques such as repetition, fragmentation, and multiplication, Surabhi Saraf designs sequences of rhythmic movements, creating multilayered structures that slow down our perception of time. Her audio-visual works and interactive installations foreground her study of experimental sound, Indian classical music and choreography. They negotiate ideas of entertainment, experience, sensation and sensationalism and operate with the conviction that it is the numbing of certain sensory realities that generates crucial moments in socio-cultural transformation.

Born 1983 in Indore, India
MFA (Art and Technology), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
BFA (Painting), MS University, Baroda, India
Lives in San Francisco

Selected Solo Exhibition

  • 2015
    'REMEDIES', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
  • 2015
    'FOLD', Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2014
    'REMEDIES', Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2013
    'ILLUMINEN', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
  • 2012
    'Midnight Moment: A Digital Gallery', Times Square Alliance, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2015
    'PLUS ONE', India: In Focus Festival, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2014
    'FOLD', Videos on Stage: An Epidemic of Amnesia, ArtInternational Fair, Istanbul (Screening)
  • 2013
    'We Are Ours', Curated by Himali Singh Soin, Khoj International Artist Association, New Delhi
  • 2013
    Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, India Art Fair, New Delhi
  • 2013
    Alumni Exhibition & 10-Year Anniversary Celebration, Root Division, San Francisco
  • 2012
    'New World New Sequences', Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
  • 2012
    'Visual Art in Movement', Visionaria20 International Film Festival, Sienna, Italy
  • 2012
    Galerie Sophie Lanoe, Beirut Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2012
    'Synchrony: Contemporary Video', Hunter Museum of American Art, Tennessee
  • 2011
    'Pattern-Ship', Parramatta Artist Studios, Parramatta NSW Australia
  • 2011
    'Time', The Lab, San Francisco
  • 2011
    'Bay Area Currents' 2011@ ProArts Gallery, Oakland
  • 2010
    7th Busan International Video Festival, Space Bandee, Busan, South Korea.
  • 2010
    'Introductions 2010', Root Division Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2009
    13th International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia.
  • 2009
    'Peel', Alte AEG Fabrik, 5 Voltastrasse Berlin, Germany
  • 2009
    MFA Show, Sullivan Galleries, SAIC, Chicago
  • 2008
    'Department Store', Sullivan Galleries, SAIC, Chicago
  • 2008
    'Filament', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India.
  • 2006
    Group Show, ABS Gallery, Baroda, India.
  • 2006
    Group Show, Kanoria Center for Arts. Ahmedabad, India
  • 2005
    BFA Show, Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda, India. 2005

Selected Screenings

  • 2014
    'FOLD', Videos on Stage: An Epidemic of Amnesia, ArtInternational Fair, Istanbul
  • 2012
    'Video Program', Unbound Studio, Belgrade Art Fair, Serbia
  • 2011
    'No Dialogue', ArtPadSF, San Francisco
  • 2011
    'Competitive Shorts Program', The Disposable Film Festival, San Francisco
  • 2011
    Emerging Video Artists, Big Screen Project, New York
  • 2011
    'Currents 2011', The 2nd Annual Santa Fe International Media Festival, Santa Fe
  • 2011
    The Athens Video Art Festival 2011, Athens, Greece
  • 2010
    Espacio Enter, Canary Island, Spain
  • 2010
    'Art Killed the Video Star', Riff Raff, Grosenberg, Tel-Aviv, Isreal
  • 2009
    VideoZone, MUV music and digital arts festival, Florence, Italy
  • 2009
    Not Still Art Festival, Micro Museum, Brooklyn, New York

Selected Performance

  • 2015
    'Grains', Performance Festival, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2015
    San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, San Francisco, CA
  • 2015
    'Grains' (with Ian Smiths- Hiester), India: In Focus Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2014
    'Spinning Four' // LIVE at ON EDGE Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara
  • 2013
    With Guillermo Gilando & Sangita Moskow, Solstice Concert, Chapel Of Chimes, Oakland, CA
  • 2013
    'Grains' (with Ian Smiths- Hiester), Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • 2013
    'Illuminen' // LIVE, Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai, India
  • 2013
    'Illuminen' // LIVE, Max Mueller Bhavan, Delhi, India
  • 2012
    'Oscillations' (with Sebastian Alvarez), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
  • 2012
    'Spinning Four', Currents 2012: The 2nd Annual International New Media Festival, Santa Fe
  • 2012
    'Tunneling' (with Nadav Assor), Soundwave Biennial, The Lab Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2012
    'Spinning Four', Night Lights, SOMArts, San Francisco
  • 2011
    'FOLD' {Live} Series 4 of public performances, Parramatta, Australia, Nov
  • 2011
    'FOLD' {Live} Series 4 of public performances, San Francisco, Sept-Oct
  • 2011
    'Spin' @ The Center for Contemporary Arts, Currents 2011, 2nd Annual Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2010
    'Tunneling' (with Nadav Assor), Netmage 10 International Live Media Festival, Bologna, Italy
  • 2008
    'Tunneling' (with Nadav Assor), New Blood II, Links Hall, Chicago
  • 2006
    'Nomonosound' Peers Student Residency, Khoj International Aritst Association, New Delhi

Awards and Honors

  • Eureka Fellowship Award, The Fleishhacker Foundation, 2015
  • SECA Award Nominee, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2012
  • Djerassi Resident Artists Award, 2012
  • Winner in Experimental Film category @ the Disposable Film Festival 2011, San Francisco
  • Winner of Celeste Prize 2009. Italy
  • Winner of Art vs. Design, Artists Wanted, Brooklyn, NY, 2009.
  • Nasreen Mohamedi Award, M. S. University, Baroda, India. 2005

Residencies/ Workshops

  • Djerassi Resident Artists Program (May-June 2012)
  • Root Division Resident Artist, San Francisco, March- October 2011
  • Sandarbh Artist Workshop, Rajasthan, India. 2007
  • PEERS Student Residency @ Khoj International Artist Association, New Delhi, 2006
  • Fellow-in-residence, Kanoria Art Center, Ahmedabad, India. Jan ­ Aug 2006
  • Artist Residency, Pachmarhi, India. 2005

Artist Talks/ Lectures

  • Visiting Artist, Digital Art, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • Artist Talk, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Artist Talk, Faculty of Fine Arts MSU, Baroda, India