About The Work
Galhotra's series "Life on Mars" offers a vision for the future of civilization by inquiring the new Utopia rather dystopia of colonising another Planet Mars. The series is concerned with the ongoing water crisis as the earth faces an increasing shortage of viable freshwater sources, and turns to the evidence of water on Mars as an answer. Using intricately woven metal ghungroos characteristic of her practice, Galhotra deconstructs images of the surface of Mars sourced from NASA research to create surreal, celestial landscapes. Through her meticulous, effortful process, Galhotra interrogates a utopian vision of Mars, the shimmering beauty of the resulting works revealing both the hope and delusion of an interplanetary escape. Galhotra urges us to embrace our wounded, fragile planet. Amidst hope and despair, reality and delusion, the essential question remains one of survival.
Vibha Galhotra (b. 1978, Chandigarh, India) completed her BFA in Graphics from the Chandigarh College of Arts in 1999, and completed her MFA in Graphics from the Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan in 2001. She was the Asian Cultural Council Fellow in the US in 2017, and the recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Grant at their Bellagio Center in 2016. She also received the Young Women Achievers Award given by Young FICCI Ladies Organisation (YFLO) in 2015.
Galhotra has had solo exhibitions at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (2015, 2012); San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy (2015); and Mk search art gallery, Italy (2013); She has also participated in several group exhibitions at the Metropolitan State University of Denver; San Jose Museum of Art; William Benton Museum of Art, Connecticut; Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at The New School, New York; Kemper Museum of Contemporary, Kansas City, Missouri; Galerie Perrotin, Paris; and the Dhaka Art Summit amongst others.
Her works have been collected by the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art; Pizzuti Collection; Casa Masaccio Arte Contemporanea; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Singapore Art Museum; Essl Museum Austria; Devi Art Foundation; Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Italy; Gut Gasteil, Austria; Saga Art College, Japan; and the Europas Parkas, Lithuania.
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