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Neha Choksi works across disciplines, using various formats, often collaboratively and in unconventional settings. Whether performance, video, sculpture, or other media, her work disrupts logic to open a space for poetry, absurdity, and existential insight.  Increasingly for her art is a lived experience that can effect palpable change.  By setting up memorable interventions in the lives of everything—from stone to plant, animal to self, friends to institutions—she allows in strands of her intellectual, cultural and social contexts, such as her Jain heritage, studies in Greek theater, or Los Angeles’ arts community, to revisit how we get emotionally and culturally socialized. Her most recent work-in-progress, Elementary, is a long-term, multi-format project that stems from a lived performance wherein she attends for an entire academic year (2018-2019) a Los Angeles public elementary school as a kindergarten student.

Choksi's work has been exhibited or performed at 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (artist lab, 2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (biennial, 2018); Dhaka Art Summit (solo, 2018; group 2016); Manchester Art Gallery (solo, 2017); LAMOA at Occidental College, Los Angeles (solo, 2017); 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (solo, 2015); Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014); Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California (2013); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK (3-person, 2012); Asia Pacific Triennial, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2012); Shanghai Biennale (2012); Wanås Foundation and Kristianstads Konsthall, Sweden (2012); the Venice Architecture Biennale (2006); among others. A new expanded ten-channel installation of Faith in friction will be presented at the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach in 2020.

Recent honors include the 2019 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, the designation of Cultural Trailblazer by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for 2017/2018, and the India Today Best New Media Artist of the Year Award for 2017.  A monograph on a single artwork, Dismantling, was published in 2018.  She serves on the editorial board of the Los Angeles-based arts journal, X-TRA. 

Choksi received her double BA in Greek and in Art from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MA in classics from Columbia University.  She lives and works in Los Angeles and Bombay, India.


University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach

Elementary, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
Every Kind of Sun, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh

Faith in friction, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Dismantling, LAMOA, Los Angeles
Liberty Matter, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles

Stone Breath Mountain Dust, Project 88, Main section, Frieze London
Save the translation for later, Project 88, Mumbai

Minds to Lose, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London

Iceboat and Sky Fold, Project 88, Mumbai

If nothing else, just a smile, Project 88, Mumbai
Recent Video Works, Carl Berg Projects, Los Angeles

don’t hold it in breathe out, Project 88, Mumbai

Who is in town anyway?, Project 88, Mumbai

Gravity’s Playthings, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles
Homeless Encounters, Carl Berg Gallery at Scope NY, New York

Renouncing the World, Bir Dukkan: Sanat Mekanı, Istanbul
The American President Travels (East), Block Gallery, Sydney

Floral Futures, The Fine Arts Company Gallery, Mumbai

Delirium/Equilibrium, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi
measuring with a bent ruler, Actual Size, Los Angeles
Made in L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Between Nothingness and Infinity, Navel Gallery, Los Angeles
Floating World, Art Bahrain
On Monotony: Meditations in Video Art, Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, Sioux Falls, SD
Ours is a City of Writers II, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, CA
Deliberated Time, Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Goa

Back to the Land, Studio La Città, Verona, Italy
8688, Project 88, Mumbai
Temporal Turn, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS
The Missing One, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo
Into View, Queensland Art Gallery, QAGOMA, Brisbane
The Future is Already Here—It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed, 20th Biennale of Sydney
A Global Perspective on Photography, Dubai Design District, Photo Dubai
The Story of the Missing One, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh
Mining Warm Data, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh

Seeing the Elephant, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston
Summertimeshift, Summer Camp Project Project, Los Angeles
Earth Bound, Project 88, Mumbai

Whorled Explorations, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India
Frestas, Sorocaba Triennale of Art, Centro de Criação Contemporânea, Sao Paolo, Brazil
6018, Edward Cella Art+Architecture, Los Angeles
Ipsum, Edward Cella Art+Architecture, Los Angeles

Manifesto, Khoj Artist Association, Delhi
Audible Forces, Exhibit 320, New Delhi
Home Away, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Take Me Elsewhere, Vanity Projects, New York, NY
Touched, Project 88, Mumbai
Ghar Ghar Ki Baat/Tales from Two Homes, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne
No Less a Drawing, Project 88, Mumbai
Artists Film International: Neha Choksi, Kaia Hugin, Alix Pearlstein, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Asia Pacific Triennale 7, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Energy Plus: Mumbai City, Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai
The Secret Life of Plants, Exhibit 320, New Delhi
Illumination, The Prospectus, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA
Group Video Show, IBID Projects, London
Baker’s Dozen, Torrance Art Museum, CA
Analog Digital 2012, Irvine Fine Arts Center, CA
Quarantania 2, Enclave Gallery, London
But a pitstop on a long journey, Wanås Foundation, Sweden
Quarantania, 3-person show, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK

In You is the Illusion of Each Day, Latitude 28, New Delhi
Nature as Image, The Loft, Mumbai

Scratch!, Lalit Kala Academi, New Delhi
Group Exhibition, Carl Berg Projects, Los Angeles

Leaf Fall II, Project 88 at the Indian Art Summit, Delhi

Summer Group Show, Carl Berg Projects, Amsterdam
Findings: Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Kunming, Carl Berg Projects, Amsterdam

Works on Paper, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
Drawing from LA, Carl Berg Projects, Amsterdam
Major Drawings, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles

Paradise Lost, Goff and Rosenthal Gallery, New York

Fantasticism, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles

Hybrids, Glyndor House at Wave Hill, Bronx

Essays in Time: Kinetic Sculptures, Jawaharlal Nehru Center Complex, Mumbai

Reading ^ the lines, with Kapil Gupta, Niti Gourisaria, and Ashim Ahluwalia, Project 88, Mumbai
Who is in Town Anyway?, a performance installation with Jyoti Dogra, Rehaan Engineer, Arindam Ghatak, Niti Gourisaria, Faezeh Jalali, Karan Makhija, Pramod Prajapati and Anil Sahu, Project 88, Mumbai
That Time / Sun Sets for Sam, with Rehaan Engineer, Project 88, Mumbai

Mumbai’s Land, with Kapil Gupta and Ashim Ahluwalia, commissioned by UDRI, Cities, 10th
Architecture Biennial, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
Gravity’s Fool, Carl Berg Gallery in Cityscapes, Arco Fair, Madrid

Rashtra/Nell Nation, with Nell & Vishal Rawlley, Byculla, Mumbai

Nell Nation/Party Streamers, with Nell, Gallery 4A, Sydney