Visual Artist, New Delhi
Sonia Khurana is a visual artist based in New Delhi. She works primarily with moving image and performance, her practice includes drawing, text, sound, music, voice, architecture and installation. Sonia Khurana’s practice deals with interiority and embodiment; and the self in relation to the world. Working with a discourse of power that is deliberately tangential, she attempts to draw critically on references to cultural and gendered identity, and the psychosocial domain. Through deliberately poetic intimations, she tries to persistently explore and re-define the space of the political. Her early training as a painter in the late eighties, at Delhi College of Art, gradually made way for lens-based and performance related practice by the late nineties. In 1997, Sonia Khurana studied at the Royal College of Art, London, for a second Masters degree, assisted by the Inlaks Foundation Grant. From 2002 to 2004, Sonia was invited to do a two-year Residency Programme for practice-based research at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Khurana is part of the emerging generation of artists working with digital media in the late nineties. Her works have been shown internationally since the late nineties, including seminal exhibitions such as elles@Centre Pompidou (2009/2010), Global Feminisms exhibition in Brooklyn (2007), and several biennales and triennales [Aichi , Busan[ 2004],Gwangju , Liverpool 2010] A solo exhibition of Sonia Khurana’s early moving image works titled: “lone women don’t lie’, in New Delhi in the year 2000, a part of which was held at the Goethe institute in Delhi, established her as one of the forerunners for moving image and performance in the Indian context. Khurana’s most recent solo exhibition: Oneiric house – round about midnight [ 2014 ] consolidates a house full of ten installations, made over seven years, comprising of image music and text. The bodily experience of states of sleep and awakening are extended to denote the spectrum of ethical and aesthetic contestations concerning the idea of being dormant. Insomnia is proposed by Khurana as a self instilled state of being vigilant in the world. Oneiric house… was shown as an offsite exhibition of Kiran Nadar Museum of art, New Delhi, in collaboration with Outset India and the Gujral foundation.