Saba Hasan is a leading contemporary artist with a multimedia repertoire developed over two decades of highly distinguished practice. She is best known for the conceptual and lyrical  strength of her works, layered with undertones her art evokes forces of time, nature and personal histories in a profound nuanced voice. Stemming from her training in anthropology Saba’s art practice is further informed by cultural and social perspectives producing a rich interplay of ideas and an idiosyncratic creative vision. Her conversation-based video La Verite/ Haqeeqat explores notions of truth in its philosophical, ethical and political facets. It was screened at the Sarai Reader 09  curated by RAQS Media Collective and finalist for the Celeste Contemporary Art Prize 2014, Milan. Saba's walks in different cities she has lived in like Delhi, Paris, Lausanne, New York have produced her acclaimed photographs of water bodies which evince a strong metaphysical cadence such as Walking in Deer Park. A soundscape emerging from these walks was aired on Osso Radio Portugal 2013 as part of an international public project mapping 25 cities through sound. With her book sculptures Saba ushers in philosophical abstractions related to truth, haqeeqat and faith revealing pitfalls in human knowledge as she fashions books into fragile intimate art pieces imbuing them with fresh meaning. Saba’s works have been exhibited at major venues like the 55th International Venice Biennale via the Imago Mundi Foundation, the Met Breuer Museum New York as part of John Cage’s Soundwalk 09, the National Gallery of Art Colombo, Fortezza Da Basso Florence, the Hohenburg Castle, Salzburg, Assab One Milan, the Chelsea Film Festival New York, the Bali International Film Festival, Indonesia and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi. She works from studios in Goa, Delhi and New York.

Education/Awards/Residencies

Live Drawing Studio, National Arts Students League of New York, 2019

Printmaking Studio, Manhattan Graphics, New York, 2016

Jeff Hirst”s Studio, Chicago, 2016

International Artists Grant, the Japan Foundation, 2015

Moscow Foto Awards, Moscow, 2014

Celeste Contemporary Art Prize, video finalist, Milan, 2013

Materials of Thought in Sculpture, Oscar Kokoschka Academy, Salzburg, 2010

The RPG Art Residency, Madh Island, Bombay, 2008

Artist Residency Award, Cultural Ministry of France, Paris, 2006

Raza Award for Painting, New Delhi, 2005

The Florence Biennale, Duomo de Lorenzo, Florence, Italy, 2004

George Keyt Foundation, Artist in residence, Colombo,2002

Diploma in Art History, Cambridge University, UK, 2000

Akademie, Centruleum, Ecole D’Arts Visuels, Lausanne, 1998

Fellowship for PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Syracuse University, 1986

MA Cultural Anthropology, Delhi University, 1985

BA honours, Economics, Delhi University, 1983

Selected Solo Shows

The Interconnected Universe, Gallerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi, India, 2017

Chromatic Resonance, Tenshin Okakura gallery, Japan Cultural Foundation, India, 2016

Undeciphered Fates, Gallery Art and Aesthetic, New Delhi, India, 2014

Rehearsal for a Poem, sound installation, Gandhi King Plaza, India International Centre, 2013

Saba Hasan New Works, Gallery Art Konsult, New Delhi, India, 2012

Indifferent History, Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai, India, 2008

Letters from Baton Rouge, Karma Artisanal Crafts and Art Gallery, Paris, France, 2006

The Book of Disquiet, Gallerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Francaise, new delhi, 2005

The Silence From Which a Woman Speaks, National Lalit Kala Academy gallery, New Delhi, 2000

Hauz Khas Uneffaced, India International Centre, New Delhi, 1998

Selected Group Shows

International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Cinema of Resistance, curator Amrit Gangar,  Trivandrum, India, 2019

VAICA - Videos by Artists, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Museum of Goa, G5A Centre for Contemporary Art, India, 2019

Twilight on the Lake, official entry, Chelsea Film Festival, New York, USA, 2018

Twilight on the Lake, official entry, Bali international film festival, Bali, Indonesia, 2018

India at 70 by ICCR, Bangkok Centre for Art and Culture, Thailand, 2017

Celeste Prize for Contemporary Art Exhibition, Haqeeqat Project video, Assab One, Milan, 2016

Walking on 84rth Street as part of John Cage’s  Soundwalk 09, Met Breuer, New York, USA2015

Sound Map of the World, Osso Radio Soundscape, Lisbon, Portigal, 2015

Performa, poetry reading video, curator Manoj Nair, Kochi Muziris Biennale, India, 2015

Angaarey, MF Husain Museum, Ahmedabad, 2015

Contemporary Art of India and Spain, Instituto Cervantes de Nueva, curator Elizabeth Rogers, 2015

Forms of Activism, curators Vivan Sundaram and Sasha Altaf, SAHMAT 25 years, India, 2014

Moscow Foto awards, Walking in Deer Park Series, Moscow, Russia, 2014

Sarai Reader 09, curator RAQS Media Collective, Devi Museum of Contemporary Art, India, 2013

55th international Venice Biennale, Song of a Departing Day, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice,  2013

The Abstraction of Myth and Memory, curator Myna Mukherjee, Engendered Gallery, India, 2013

Circling the Confluence, Indigo Blue Art, Singapore, 2012

Aviraam, Raza Awardees Exhibition, Vadehra Art Gallery, India, 2011

Materials of Thought in Sculpture, The Hohenburg Castle, Salzburg, Austria, 2010

Contemporary Drawings, curator Amit Mukhopadhyay, Emami Chisel Art, Calcutta, India, 2010

Dus Mahavidyas/ Ten Creative Forces, curator Ravi Kumar, Gallery Time and Space, Tao Gallery, Gallery Nvya ,2008 - 2009 

Abstraction of Silence, Gallery Mueller and Plate, Munich, 2009

Indian Art at the Asian Art Museum, ICCR, Bangkok Centre for Art, Bangkok, Thailand, 2008

Artists from India and Sri Lanka, National Museum of Modern Art, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2002

Written Word, Apparao Gallery, Madras, 2000

Books with more information

Undeciphered Fates by Rahul Bhattacharya

The Indian Art Collectors Handbook by Dr Alka Pande

Ten Creative Forces by Keshav Malik, Ravi Kumar Publishers Paris

International Contemporary Artists by Olga Antoniadou

Islamic Art, Past and Modern by Nuzhat Kazmi

Samvaya published by the Raza Foundation

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