Pushpamala N

*1956, Bangalore, India. Lives and works in Bangalore, India.

Pushpamala N. is a video, photo and installation artist, writer, theorist, and curator. After receiving a BA in Economics, English and Psychology from Bangalore University, she studied sculpture at M.S. University, Baroda where she graduated in 1985. Since the mid 1990s she has been mainly working in photography, performance and video. She uses women's stories and women's material as a device to explore history, memory and contemporary society. In all of her works, Pushpamala N. is chief actor as well as director, and has a charismatic on-camera presence. Her work has been shown at numerous international exhibitions, biennials, and festivals, including ENSBA, Paris (2005); Tate Modern, London (2006); Saatchi Gallery, London (2008); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2008); Bose Pacia Gallery, New York (2008); Nature Morte, New Delhi (2008). Her work is part of several major collections such as National Gallery of Modern Art, New Dehli; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Saatchi and Saatchi, London. Besides her artistic activities, Pushpamala N continues to lecture widely.

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Rashtriy Keer & Desiy Salad / India / 2004 / 11' / 4:3

Pushpamala N. addresses India's national identity through the portrait of an ideal middle class family during the 1950's and 60's. The title, which means National Pudding & Indigenous Salad, makes reference to two dishes featuring the colors of the national flag as they symbolize the country's different communities, united in celebration of Independence Day.