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    Prajakta Potnis, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2014

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    Prajakta Potnis, Sewing, 2011, installation (black threads, surgical needles, glue, plaster from Paris) in the gallery Mirchandani and Steinruecke, Mumbai, dimensions variable (detail)

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    Prajakta Potnis, Capsule, 2012, print on Hahnemühle archival paper, ed. 5 + 2 AP, 94 x 152 cm (detail)

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    Prajakta Potnis, Still Life, 2009, print on Hahnemühle archival paper, ed. 5 + 2 AP, 88 x 137 cm (detail)

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    Prajakta Potnis, 3:37 am, 2012, acrylic and pastel on paper, 76 x 102 cm (detail)

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    Prajakta Potnis, 4:10 pm, 2012, acrylic and pastel on paper, 76 x 102 cm (detail)


Prajakta Potnis 2014

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About Prajakta

The Indian artist Prajakta Potnis (born 1980 in Thane, lives and works in Mumbai) explores the interplay between the private and the public, the internal and the external, the invisible and the visible in her art and reveals these categories to be fragile, vulnerable, fluctuating and therefore disputable constructs. For her, skin and surface, wall and membrane are both artistic materials and metaphorical concepts. In her installations and sculptures but also in her drawings and paintings, Potnis distorts everyday items, placing them in new contexts and creating bizarre new worlds that puzzle the viewer and elude any definite interpretation. 


MFA (Painting) Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai
2010Sanskriti Award for Arts, Sanskriti Pratishthan
2003 Inlaks Fine Arts Award
2001 Young Artist Scholarship, Dep. of Culture, Govt. of India

Selected solo shows:

2012 Time Lapse / Local Time, The Guild, Mumbai, Experimenter, Kolkata
2008 Porous Walls, The Guild, Mumbai

Selected group shows:

2014 Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi
2013 L'exigence de la saudade, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris We have arrived nowhere, II Transnational Pavilion, Venice Biennale
2009–2012 Indian Highway, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, China;
Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art;
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
2011 Generation in Transition New Art from India, Zachęta
National Gallery of Art, Warschau;
Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Home Spun, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon/Delhi

Exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien:

Prajakta Potnis - "The Kitchen Debate"

10 October to 2 November 2014,
Opening 9 October 2014, 7pm 

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue:

Nicola Müllerschön and Christoph Tannert (eds.), Prajakta Potnis: The Kitchen Debate, including essays by Zasha Colah, Atreyee Gupta and Merel van Tilburg, Dortmund: Verlag Kettler, 2014.