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

Solo Exhibitions

  • 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. 

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    DWELLING, 10th Anniversary Show, Curated by Ranjit Hoskote,Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

  • 2016
    ‘Art + Process + Ideas Exhibition’, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland.
  • 2015
    'PLUS ONE', India: In Focus Festival, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2013
    'We Are Ours', Curated by Himali Singh Soin, the Clark House Bombay and Khoj International Artist Association, New Delhi
  • 2013
    ‘Op Shop’, Group Exhibition, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland NSW, Australia
  • 2013
    India Art Fair, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, New Delhi
  • 2013
    Alumni Exhibition & 10-Year Anniversary Celebration, Root Division, San Francisco
  • 2012
    ‘Momentum: Women/Art/Technology’, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe (Screening)
  • 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
    Beirut Art Fair, Galerie Sophie Lanoe, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2012
    'Synchrony: Contemporary Video', Hunter Museum of American Art, Tennessee
  • 2012
    ‘DOME2012: Video Art in the Digital Dome’, IAIA, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2012
    ‘DOME2012: Video Art in the Digital Dome’, IAIA, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2011
    'Pattern-Ship', Parramatta Artist Studios, Parramatta NSW Australia
  • 2011
    'Time', The Lab, San Francisco
  • 2011
    'Bay Area Currents' 2011@ ProArts Gallery, Oakland
  • 2011
    16th Annual Juried Exhibition @ SOHO2O Gallery Chelsea, New York
  • 2011
    ‘Taste 2011’, Root Division Gallery.
  • 2010
    The International Streaming Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
  • 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
  • 2009
    ‘New Works’, 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. 

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
  • 2011
    ‘Say Something’, E6 Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2010
    ‘Espacio Enter’, Canary Island, Spain
  • 2010
    ‘Art Killed the Video Star’, Riff Raff, Grosenberg, Tel-Aviv, Isreal
  • 2010
    ‘VideoZone’, MUV music and digital arts festival, Florence, Italy
  • 2009
    Not Still Art Festival, Micro Museum, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2009
    ‘Without Borders Festival: Conjunction’, Lord Hall Gallery, University of Maine, Orono 
  • 2007
    Group Show, Alliance Française. New Delhi, India.

Selected Performance

  • 2016

    Soundwave ((7)) Biennial, San Francisco

  • 2015
    'Grains', Performance Festival, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2015
    ‘Remedies’ (Live), San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, San Francisco, CA
  • 2015
    'Grains' (with Ian Smiths- Hiester), India: In Focus Festival, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2014
    'Spinning Four' // LIVE at ON EDGE Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara
  • 2013
    Suspend & Release, 100 Performances of the Hole, PSi19, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • 2013
    SLEEPWALKS, with Andrea Williams, Fortress Callosum, San Francisco
  • 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
  • 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’ @ HiveMinds Gallery, Oakland 
  • 2011
    'Spin' @ The Center for Contemporary Arts, Currents 2011, 2nd Annual Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2011
    FOLD {Live}, Root Division, San Francisco
  • 2010
    ‘Rain Grain Song’ @Twin Space Continuum, San Francisco
  • 2010
    ‘Lullaby Daze’, 100 Performances for the Hole, SOMArts, San Francisco
  • 2010
    ‘Spin’, CCRMA Winter Concert 2010, Stanford, California, Collaborator: Jakes Bejoy
  • 2010
    'Tunneling' (with Nadav Assor), Netmage 10 International Live Media Festival, Bologna, Italy
  • 2008
    'Tunneling' (with Nadav Assor), New Blood II, Links Hall, Chicago
  • 2008
    ‘Lullaby daze’, Waveforms, SAIC, Chicago
  • 2007
    ‘Aging Fan’, Waveforms, SAIC, Chicago
  • 2006
    'Nomonosound' Peers Student Residency, Khoj International Aritst Association, New Delhi

Awards and Honors

  • 2015

    Eureka Fellowship Award, The Fleishhacker Foundation

  • 2012
    SECA Award Nominee, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • 2012
    Djerassi Resident Artists Award, Woodside/ California
  • 2011
    Winner in Experimental Film category @ the Disposable Film Festival 2011, San Francisco
  • 2009
    Winner of Celeste Prize. Italy
  • 2009
    Winner of Art vs. Design, Artists Wanted, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2008
    International Graduate Student Scholarship, SAIC, Chicago, IL 
  • 2005
    Nasreen Mohamedi Award, M. S. University, Baroda, India.
  • 2002
    Best Choreographer, Vogue, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India. 

Residencies and workshops

  • 2016

    Art + Process + Ideas Artist in Residence Program, Mills College, Oakland, CA

  • 2012
    Djerassi Resident Artists Program 
  • 2011
    Root Division Resident Artist, San Francisco, March- October 
  • 2007
    Sandarbh Artist Workshop, Rajasthan, India. 
  • 2007
    Collaborative workshop to spread awareness about contemporary art and the environment. 
  • 2006
    PEERS Student Residency @ Khoj International Artist Association, New Delhi
  • 2006
    Fellow-in-residence, Kanoria Art Center, Ahmedabad, India.  
  • 2005
    Artist Residency, Pachmarhi, India.