Karthik Pandian is an artist who works in exhibitions and public interventions to unsettle the ground of history. He uses moving image, sculpture and performance to render the mythologies of the present through forgotten, fragmentary and futuristic pasts. Pandian has held solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Bétonsalon - Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris; and Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, amongst others. His work has been featured in numerous international survey exhibitions such as the inaugural L.A. Biennial at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Okwui Enwezor’s “La Triennale: Intense Proximity” at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and “Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015”, at Whitechapel Gallery, London. His most recent project, “Atlas Unlimited”, a collaboration with choreographer Andros Zins-Browne, sculptor Zakaria Almoutlak and many others, culminated last year in a presentation at 80 Washington Square East, New York. He is currently working on temporary public art works for Boston and Minneapolis as well as a series of movement workshops animated by Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals. Pandian received his BA in Art Semiotics and Comparative Literature from Brown University and his MFA from ArtCenter College of Design. He teaches in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University.
Photo credit: Cahokia Byobu (Broken Screen), 2011, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, Installation View. Courtesy of the artist and Vilma Gold.
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