Untouchable 2001-02 Oil on canvas 94 x 70 in
Vasudha Thozhur is a painter who is currently based in Baroda. She was born in Mysore in 1956 and studied at the College of Arts and Crafts, Madras, and the School of Art and Design, Croydon, UK. She lived and worked in Madras between 1981 - 1997.
Besides participation in exhibitions in the country and abroad, institutional work has involved lectures/teaching/workshops as visiting faculty at MS University Baroda, NID Ahmedabad and IICD Jaipur. Select participations include the solo show ‘Untouchable’ at Sakshi Gallery Mumbai and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi (2007); ‘New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India’, curated by Betty Seid for the Chicago Cultural Centre (2007); ‘Tiger by the Tail’, curated by Elinor Gadon, Wendy Tarlow Kaplan and Roobina Karode for the Women’s Studies Research Centre, Brandeis University, Waltham (Massachusetts), US (2007); ‘Horn Please: Narratives in Contemporary Indian Art’, curated by Bernard Fibicher and Suman Gopinath, at the Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2007); ‘Edge of Desire’, curated by Chaitanya Sambrani, at NGMA Mumbai (2007) and ‘Sub-terrain’, curated by Geeta Kapur at the House of World Cultures, Berlin (2003).
Two grants from the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, between 2004 – 2006/2009 – 2011, supported a research project, ‘The Himmat Workshops’. Among other things, the project looked at ways of rooting art practice in ground and other realities as experienced in our location in India. It involved collaborating with Himmat, an activist organization based in Vatva, Ahmedabad. She is currently working towards a comprehensive exhibition of the output.