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.

Website: vishaljugdeo.net

Biography

Solo Exhibitions

2013
Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010
Violent Broadcast, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Square Configuration (Decorum) Study, Helen Pitt Gallery Artist Run Centre, Vancouver, BC
Surplus Room, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

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

2011
The End of Money, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Arts, Rotterdam, NL, curated by Juan Gaitan
Elastic Frames, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2010
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

2013
Sinking With the Ship, Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA

2011
Livret III, Irmavep Club, Paris, FR

2009
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

2013
Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Project Grant

2012
Art Matters Foundation Grant
Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, ARC Grant

2011
Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Project Grant
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant

EDUCATION

2007
Master of Fine Arts, New Genres University of California, Los Angeles

2005
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

2003
Bachelor of Fine Arts; Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC