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.
Surabhi Saraf was born in Indore, India, in 1983. She earned a BFA in Painting from the M.S. University in Baroda, and an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA. Saraf has held solo exhibitions at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai (2012), and Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco (2014). Participations include among numerous others, 'PLUS ONE', Space@The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, USA (2015); Performance Festival, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (2015); 'We Are Ours', Khoj International Artist Association, New Delhi (2013); New World New Sequences, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA (2012); and 'Synchrony: Contemporary Video', Hunter Museum of American Art, Tennessee, USA (2012). Saraf is a recipient of the 2015 Eureka Fellowship Award. She lives and works in San Francisco.