Vyjayanthi V. Rao & Kush Badhwar
Vyjayanthi V. Rao (b. 1967, Mumbai, based in New York) is an anthropologist, writer and curator, teaching at the Yale School of Architecture. Focusing on memory, heritage and the built environment, her work explores the intersections of violence, uncertainty and speculation as situated processes through scholarly writing and artistic collaborations based on fieldwork in India and the United States. Her research draws on sound, image, mapping and experimental forms of writing.
Kush Badhwar is an artist and filmmaker operating across media, art, cinematic and other social contexts. He is interested in the ecology of sound and image across stretches of time and political change. He believes in the potential of research and collectivity. To this end, he has worked closely with wala, Word Sound Power, Frontyard Projects and Khanabadosh.Selected screening or exhibition of his work includes at the Addis Video Art Fes- tival, the 65th Flaherty Seminar, Five Million Incidents, Images Festival, Video- brasil, Forum Expanded, Berlinale, MUBI and e-flux. He has also undertaken Pad.ma’s Fellowship for Experiments with Video Archives, India Foundation of the Arts’ Archival Fellowship and Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen’s Fellowship Program for Art and Theory.
Sagarika Sundaram creates textile tapestry, sculpture and installation using raw natural fibre and dyes. The work observes and abstracts natural phenomena in the form of handmade textiles that generate power and presence.
Sagarika is currently exhibiting outdoor sculptures at the Al Held Foundation in Upstate New York. She has also exhibited at the Moody Centre for the Arts at Rice University, with Nature Morte gallery, Delhi, India and at Frestonian Gallery, London, UK. In 2022 she was awarded The Hopper Prize, a Bronx Museum AIM Fellowship and a residency at Art Omi. In 2020 she received the Tishman Award for Excellence in Climate, Environmental Justice & Sustainability, and the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design. Sundaram graduated with an MFA in Textiles from Parsons The New School, NY. Prior to her MFA, she studied at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and at MICA in Baltimore.
Sagarika Sundaram lives and works in New York, USA and is Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt University. She is currently in residence at Silver Arts Program located at 4 World Trade Center, NYC.