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Neha Choksi

Neha Choksi
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Neha Choksi embraces a confluence of disciplines, including performance, video, installation, and sculpture. She disrupts logic by setting up poetic and absurd interventions in everyday life—from stone to plant, animal to self, friends to institutions­—to open space for material, bodily, and existential insight. Her process often involves collaborative and lived performances that negotiate relationships in unconventional settings. Her most recent work-in-progress, Elementary, is a long-term, multi-format project that stems from a lived performance wherein she attends for an entire academic year a Los Angeles public elementary school as a kindergarten student. Choksi co-creates with her audience an awareness of how things, animate or inanimate, manifest their being, as they are irretrievably shaped in their encounters with each other. Choksi’s work has been widely exhibited, screened, and performed in the United States, Asia, Australia, the UK, and Europe. Exhibition venues include the Box Gallery, Los Angeles (live, 2022); the New Viewings online platform of Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin (solo, 2022); Kleefeld Contemporary Museum, Long Beach (solo, 2021); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (solo, 2021); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (solo, 2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (biennial, 2018); Dhaka Art Summit (group, 2020; solo, 2018; group 2016); Manchester Art Gallery (solo, 2017); LAMOA at Occidental College, Los Angeles (solo, 2017); 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (solo, 2015); Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014); Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California (2013); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK (3- person, 2012); Asia Pacific Triennial, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2012); Shanghai Biennale (2012); Wanås Foundation, Sweden and Kristianstads Konsthall, Sweden (2012); and the Venice Architecture Biennale (2006). Recent honors include the 2021 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowship, the 2019 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, and the India Today Best New Media Artist of the Year Award for 2017. A monograph on a single artwork, Dismantling, was published in 2018. She serves on the editorial board of the Los Angeles-based arts journal, X-TRA. She lives and works in Los Angeles and Bombay, India.