Vishal Jugdeo

Vishal JugdeoArtist’s Statement

My recent videos are based on collaborations with professional and non-professional actors. We work together to construct fictional situations, rooted in dialogue, that are both abstractions and representations of everyday relations. The scenarios that I stage in my videos employ recognizable narrative structures borrowed from soap operas, talk-shows, and most recently a type of exoticist cinema (often made for TV) which views all cultures through a Western lens. The end result, however is less a replication than an insidious perversion of those forms; the videos take on a quality that is simultaneously familiar and strange as the language being spoken threatens to break apart from the image that is being constructed.

Recently, my artistic explorations culminated in a project entitled Goods Carrier (2012), for which I traveled to Mumbai, India, to work with a group of local actors. This work served to expand upon my examination into how cultural values, beliefs, and, most importantly, transmissions of power and control are deeply embedded within social activity. By broadening the scope of my investigation to include the trade of images across cultures, the work becomes a poetic rumination on the potential for narrative to intermingle with one’s understanding of the world.



Solo Exhibitions

Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Violent Broadcast, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Square Configuration (Decorum) Study, Helen Pitt Gallery Artist Run Centre, Vancouver, BC
Surplus Room, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The End of Money, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Arts, Rotterdam, NL, curated by Juan Gaitan
Elastic Frames, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK

California Biennial 2010, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Quadruple-Consciousness, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA, curated by Malik Gaines

Selected Community Based Projects

Sinking With the Ship, Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA

Livret III, Irmavep Club, Paris, FR

The Chef’s Theory, Five Thirty Three, Los Angeles, CA
Square Configuration Decorum Study, No Soul for Sale at X-Initiative, New York, NY

Grants, Awards and Residencies

Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Project Grant

Art Matters Foundation Grant
Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, ARC Grant

Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Project Grant
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant


Master of Fine Arts, New Genres University of California, Los Angeles

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Bachelor of Fine Arts; Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC