Born in 1961 in Mangalore, India, Sudarshan Shetty lives and works in Mumbai. Shetty initially trained as a painter, later turning to sculpture and installations which now account for all of his output. A conceptual artist, he is renowned for his enigmatic and often mechanised sculptural installations. His hybrid constructions question the fusion of Indian and Western traditions as well as exploring domestic concerns and the notion of movement.
Look Outside This House – Group show
Sudarshan Shetty will be the curator of the Visual Arts exhibition at Serendipity Arts Festival (SAF), one of the largest multi-disciplinary arts initiatives in the South Asian region.
His project Look Outside This House aims to present indigenous inventions and informal industries that have origins in catering to real life circumstantial needs with lasting social impact on communities at large. The exhibition will highlight the need to support and nurture various indigenous approaches for the production of knowledge that sit outside the framework of mainstream institutions.
OLD GMC, PANJIM, INDIA
From 15 to 22 December 2019
Glasstress - Group show
On the occasion of the 58th Biennale di Venezia, Jan Fabre, Prune Nourry, Sundarshan Shetty is participating in Glasstress 2019, show curated by Vik Muniz and Koen Vanmechelen. The sixth edition of Glasstress brings together a new lineup of leading contemporary artists from Europe, the United States, Latin America, India, and China in an ambitious exhibition exploring the endless creative possibilities of glass. Glasstress is a project by Adriano Berengo dedicated to supporting his mission of marrying contemporary art and glass. Since its debut in 2009 as a collateral event of the Venice Biennale, Glasstress has revived the traditional craft of Murano glassblowing by forging new alliances with internationally renowned artists and designers and has since become an unparalleled platform showcasing ground-breaking new works in glass.
FONDAZIONE BERENGO, VENICE, ITALY
From 9/05/2019 to 24/11/2019
Shoonya Ghar – solo show
'Shoonya Ghar' will be on display for the first time in Mumbai.
Who is asleep and who is awake in this city, this home, this settlement, and this fortress of nothingness? Sudarshan’s exhibition ‘Shoonya Ghar’ is titled after a poetic work by 12th century poet Gorakhnath who also influenced his celebrated successor Kabir. The exhibition features a large scale multimedia installation piece that draws on sculpture, found objects and film. The sculptural piece in the outdoor plaza is constructed like an architectural set, while the film involves building and construction of the set alongside characters enacting scenes in which dramatic action mobilizes conventions of representing birth, death, dance, play and violence in local traditions of story-telling. Thus the set becomes the mise-en-scene for viewing the film.
The film reflects on the construction of the set or the stage, musical score and performance, and the viewer is offered these components in various states of construction and has the opportunity to put these modular pieces together in constructing a narrative that may draw upon their experience, imagination and history.
DR. BHAU DAJI LAD MUMBAI CITY MUSEUM, MUMBAI, INDIA
From 07/11/2017 to 26/12/2017