Indo-American arts council's 7th annual erasing borders 2010:
Exhibition of contemporary Indian art of the Diaspora
Pritika Chowdhry
Pritika Chowdhry Pritika Chowdhry

Artist Statement

In my current work, I am exploring cultural forms of memory, and representations of historical trauma. I am interested in exploring the potential of materials to create commemorative objects that can be vessels of memory. The primary focus of my art practice is large-scale sculptures and site-sensitive installations that reference the body.

I think of my works as “memory sculptures”, an eloquent term coined by cultural scholar, Andreas Huyssen. Transnational in scope, these works are informed by historical traumas that have become part of the collective memory of a community or a nation. Installed in experiential environments, they function as mobile and temporary memorials.

I have founded an initiative titled the Partition Memorial Project which exists as temporary art exhibits, and an online archive ( to disseminate information and to create awareness about the interconnections between seemingly disparate histories.


Art related Education

2009 M.A. Visual Culture and Gender Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
2008 M.F.A. Ceramics and Sculpture, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
2005 B.S. in Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Technology related Education

1999 M.S. in Software Systems, Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani, India.
1997 M.B.A in Information Technology Management, All-India Management Association, New Delhi, India.
1995 B.A., Andhra University, New Delhi, India.

Current Employment

2009-10 Visiting Assistant Professor, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009 “Remembering the Crooked Line”, Womandmade Gallery, Chicago, IL. “What The Body Remembers”, The DoVA Temporary, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
2008 “Silent Waters”, Class of 1925 gallery, Madison, WI. “What The Body Remembers”, Commonwealth gallery, Madison, WI. 
2007 “Queering Mother India”, George Mosse gallery, Madison, WI. "Bollywood Suburbia", ARTSpace, Madison, WI. “Reverberations”, collaborative exhibit with Jenny DeCarlo, Gallery 734, Madison, WI. 
2005 “Pratibimb”, DeRicci Gallery, Edgewood College, Madison, WI. 
2004 YWCA Gallery, Madison, WI.
ArtBeat Gallery, Madison, WI.
2003 Jackie Macaulay Gallery, Madison, WI. Haven Gallery, Sheboygan, WI. 

Fellowships, Grants and Awards

2009 BLINK public art grant, City of Madison Arts Commission. Wisconsin Arts Board grant, Madison, WI. Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission grant. 
2008 Vilas International Travel Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 
2007 Project grant, City of Madison Arts Commission.
David and Edith Sinaiko Frank Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts, University of Wisconsin,.
Ernie Moll Scholarship, granted by the Art department of University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Eugene F. Dana Graduate Art Student Scholarship, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 
2005 Karen Entos award for Ceramics sculpture, University of Wisconsin, Madison.



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