Chandigarh,22.04.19-The Akademi intends to generate a platform for exhibitions for realization of contemporary art projects in its different formats and forms to recognize excellence in Visual Art and discover genuine talent especially in Punjab. The exhibition is sought to go beyond all conventional barriers pushing the existing boundaries of art.

During this exhibition Jaspal is showing photographs and photographic installations.

About the Artist

The exhibition Paradoxically Absurd addresses the act accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in distinct social contexts. Growth and decline, seen and unseen, outside and inside, macroscopic and microscopic, mundane and surreal, finite and infinite, random and scripted become the common thread to represent the connection between the accepted dichotomies of life.


Manjot Kaur works with a wide range of media including Books Arts, Installation, Video (2D animation and time-lapse), Sound, and Interactive Performance inquiring the socio-political and anthropological concerns of environment, identity and existence by employing the tools of absurdity, uncertainty, and randomness. The basis of her art practice is to understand the ever-evolving nature of life around us and how nature and humans adapt to changing and sometimes hostile environment. Her work is an interface between science, nature, perception, and scale, inciting a discourse on the social, cultural and personal issues, through the careful representation of objects and narratives rooted in temporal, ephemeral, and entropy. Her work often pertains to the logic of absurd, where absurd is not seen as amusing, foolish or stupid rather as the epistemology of perception and understanding.

She focuses on the notion of on-going, the present and the passing in the process of movement, change, growth, decay, death, birth, evolution, and, existence to generate a feeling of being alive in the fast-growing changing malignant times.

Manjot Kaur (b.1989), Ludhiana, Punjab, India

MFA (University Gold Medal) in Painting, Government College of Art, Chandigarh, 2012.

She has been an artist in residence at Unidee, Citadellarte – Fondazione Pistolleto, Italy, 2018scholarship by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, India; Museo Casa Masaccio Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy in collaboration with Clark House Initiative, Mumbai, 2018; Khoj International Artists’ Association – Peers18, New Delhi, 2018; Mythos – Land Art Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, 2017; Gram Art Project - funded by FICA, India, 2016; Harmony Art Foundation, Mumbai, India, 2015; Global Nomadic Art Project, India, 2015; and Tellusart, Sweden, 2009. She has participated in Water – A video exhibition, Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, South Korea, 2016; Cairotronica- International Symposium of Electronic and New Media arts, Cairo, Egypt, 2016; 28th National Exhibition of Contemporary Art, SCZCC, Nagpur, India, 2015 and United art Fair, New Delhi, India, 2012.

She is the recipient of Professional Annual Award, Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, 2019 & 2018; 30 Under 30 Award, Hindustan Times Youth Forum, 2017; Sohan Qadri Fellowship, 2017; Professional and Student Annual Award, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, 2017 and 2012.