Udita Upadhyaya

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Spring 6-19-2019


Interview with Udita Upadhyaya by Aneri Madhu


Artist Bio: Udita Upadhyaya is an interdisciplinary artist who uses the details of her medical, cultural, and social biography as her primary art material. Her work spans live art, devised theatre, performative photographs, sculpture, installation, video, writing, text, and fiber arts.

Upadhyaya delves into the privilege of being able to lose a language, to have a language to spare. She wonders which bodies have access to literacy? Which to expression? When? And Where? Upadhyaya writes in English, reconciling and reclaiming that her language of intellectual expression and subsequently of power is inherited from the colonizers of her ancestors. Simultaneously she works hard at re-teaching herself Hindi, text and script, slowly like a child she places a finger under ever form, mouthing each syllable.

Most recently, Upadhyaya has performed and exhibited work at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, University of Chicago’s Smart Museum, Villa Teresa Decorative Arts Museum, Links Hall, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, and a solo show, nevernotmusic, at Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago. Her artist book, nevernotmusic, has been acquired by Joan Flasch Artist's Book Collection, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago's Rare Book Collection, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago's Artist's Books Collection.

Upadhyaya was born in New Delhi in 1986, and currently lives and works between Mumbai, Chicago, and Los Angeles.