Akshita Gandhi is a multi-media artist based in Mumbai. She holds an MFA from the Lotus Institute in Dubai. By merging social, historical, and mythological concepts her work concentrates on breaking out of stereotypical gender roles, grappling with the history of colonialism, and self-empowerment. Her body immersive installations include Le cirque de la liberté (2020), a mise-en-scene inspired by the circus, and Dare to Break Free (2020), a commission by the Berlin-based music festival Kater Blau. In the mixed media painting, lightbox, and poetry series Freedom, I Read Banned Books (2019-) she advocates breaking free from patriarchal structures. Using light as a guiding principle Gandhi’s work speaks to the transformative power of artistic practice.
Private Collections include Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. Gandhi has collaborated with Frank DeBourge during New York Fashion Week and the Indian menswear brand Kurtees, in addition, her work is exhibited extensively at galleries and art fairs internationally.
'My work is not just a visual treat, it engages with my audience by penetrating their intellect and tugs at their souls. My artwork is based on social, historical, mythological and literary concepts from Shakespeare and Tolstoy to tongue twisters and nursery rhymes. From tales of Cleopatra to Don Quixote, social issues like refugees’ sufferings and human trafficking. My artwork aspires to capture the fickle nature of fantasies, whims and reveries, we so often deem as reality.
My process begins with photographing slums, quaint lanes, and architecture of different cities from swanky showrooms to dilapidated thatched roofs. These are then printed on canvas, some monochromatic, in sepia and some in color. Then I use different media like Chinese ink, acrylic paint, markers, et al to develop the photographs further. The photographs, which represent structure represent our everyday lives, the mundane we live in. The bright colors, strokes and intricate designs that are added over the photographs represent the viewer’s achieved, repressed, conquered, yearning for or maybe even fulfilled dream. The viewer oscillates between reality and illusion.
Many years ago, I read Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf. A quote left a strong impact on me, “I wished to be a hundred years old. In eternity, however, there is no time, you see. Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.” My naïve self thought timelessness was a concept about longevity. If it were true and eternity could be experienced through moments of bliss then I wanted to drown in that quest and create it through my art. Inviting my viewers’ sight to philander with my artwork and have a visual orgasm even if it were for a few seconds. For them to live eternities through the joy they experience when they see my work.'
MFA from the Lotus Institute, Dubai, UAE
2020 Le cirque de la liberté, D/Code, Mumbai, India
2020 Dare to Break Free, Kater Blau, Mumbai, India
2019 Let There Be Light, Foley Gallery x D’arte Mart, New York, USA
2021 Gaze, Reflect, and Gather, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
2020 Traveling Souls: Akshita Gandhi and Anukrti Upadhyay, ATO Gallery and Cultbytes, Virtual
2020 To Art or Not To Art, Gabriel Fine Arts, Artsy
2020 Women Artists: Evoke or Provoke? Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York, USA
2019 Unity in Variety X, Shapero Modern Gallery, London, UK
2019 Colour of Thought, MyMicroGallery, Milan, Italy
2019 La Vie Magique, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York, USA
2019 The Onishi Project Gallery, New York, USA
2016 The Index Exhibition, Dubai, UAE
2019 Pulse Art Fair, Now You’re Looking, D’arte Mart, Miami, USA
2019 Asia Contemporary Art Show, D’arte Mart, Hong Kong
2019 Market Art + Design, D’arte Mart, Bridgehampton, USA
2018 Scope Art Fair, Vogelsang Gallery, Miami, USA
2018 World Art Dubai, UAE
2018 The Grand Prix, Formula One, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2017 The International Boat Show, Dubai, UAE
2016 The Executive Women Magazine Fair, Mind of a Winner, Dubai, UAE
2016 World Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
2015 World Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Art of Illusion, The Asian
Here's What Not to Miss at This Year's Miami Art Week, Architectural Digest
Artist Akshita Gandhi to Pioneer in Light Boxes , Architect and Interiors India