Sheba Chhachhi (b.1958, India)

Sheba Chhachhi was born in 1958 in Harar (Ethiopia), studied at Delhi University, Chitrabani, Kolkata and the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She has exhibited widely in India, Europe, Japan, South America and the U.S.A since 1993. She has published writings, given talks and conducted workshops, research and projects relating to women, conflict, urban ecologies, visual culture and contemporary art practice in India and South Asia. 

A long time chronicler of the women's movement in India, as both photographer and activist, Sheba Chhachhi, moved from documentary practice in the early 90's to developing collaborative, staged photographic portraits with her subjects.

A practice that draws on both- the vernacular studio tradition and documentary - her photographic work is predicated on building a relationship with her subjects, the photographs emerging from an invitation to perform the self.

Both photographer and installation artist, the desire to reinvest the viewing of photographs with time underwrites her use of the photographic image within installation works. Brought together in space with found or 'sculpted' objects, sound, light, video, the installations address ongoing concerns –the question of transformation, retrieving the marginal and the play between the mythic and social in the context of gender, body, representation, urban ecologies, violence and visual culture.

Most recently, she has been preoccupied with the interregnum offered by the mechanically moved still image and has developed a new artistic language, the moving image light box, which use a series of still and moving layers of photographic images to almost cinematic effect. Public art interventions are an important arena for Chhachhi and she has created several onsite works in the city of Delhi over the last few years. 
She lives and works in Delhi.

Chhachhi, Sheba b.1958

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