IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2015

Tulika Ladsariya
Tulika Ladsariya
Tulika Ladsariya

Mumbai-born, Chicago-based artist, Tulika Ladsariya has been exploring the issues of labor, language and literacy.

Tulika’s paintings are a social commentary on the division of society through the iconography of labor. Photographs of figures at work- lifting, pulling, pushing, heaving- form the starting point. Her paintings showcase slum-dwelling construction workers perched on bamboo-encased skyscrapers, men carting heavy burdens on flimsy carts, illiterate booksellers and homeless brick workers. They form the metaphors and visual puns of the dichotomy of India.

Her sculptures are derived from familiar construction materials procured from around her surroundings. Bricks, lumber, plaster and bright house paint recur in her oeuvre.

Tulika’s didactic narrative and convergence of different artistic styles- are at once rooted in the everyday and surreal. Her vision translates into something that is painfully honest yet her use of color, texture and line give us hope. And this is what makes her work truly unique.

Her work has been exhibited in the United States and India.

Sep 2014 Work-in-Progress, Jamaat, Mumbai*
Jul 2014 Elephant Room Gallery Inc, Chicago
Mar 2014 Off-Center – Chicago Art Department CAD, Chicago
Mar 2014 Objects – Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago
Feb 2014 Morpho Gallery, Chicago
Dec 2013 Not just another pretty face – Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
May 2013 Art on Armitage, Chicago*
Apr 2013 Eco Art Lab, Athens, Georgia
Mar 2013 Surrounded, Roman Susan gallery, Chicago
Feb 2013 Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago*
Sep 2012 Feminist Mappings, Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi
Aug 2012 Front and Center, Main Gallery- Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
May 2012 Form and Function, Best Chicago Properties, Chicago
Oct 2011 Urban Confustions, Ravenswood, Chicago Artist Month, Chicago
Aug 2011 Lofty Assimilation, Jamaat, Mumbai*
Mar 2011 Black Cloud Gallery, Chicago
Aug 2009 Saffronart, Mumbai
Jun 2009 Urbanscapes, Jamaat, Mumbai
*Solo Show

Feb 2012 The Center Program (professional pathways), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
Feb 2008 Post Graduate Diploma in Indian Aesthetics, Jnanapravaha, Mumbai
Jun 2006 Diploma in Fine Arts, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
Mar 2002 Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants, India

2012-2013 Artist for Streetscape design project, Devon Avenue, Chicago Public Art Group
2010-ongoing Art Editor for Urban Confustions, publication of women authors, poets, artists
2006-2007 General Manager Art Advisory and Auction House, Osian’s, Mumbai
2002-2005 Portfolio Manager for high net-worth clients, HSBC Bank
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