Surabhi Saraf

Surabhi is a new media artist whose work brings together elements from experimental sound art, classical music, choreography and video art.  She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with an MFA in Art and Technology. Prior to that, she obtained her BFA in Painting from MSU Baroda (India) in 2005. Surabhi is the winner of Art vs Design (2009) organized by Artists Wanted, New York and presented her work at the announcement reception at the New Museum, NY. Her work PEEL is the Winner of Celeste Prize (2009), Italy and was exhibited at Alte AEG Fabrik, Berlin. Surabhi’s collaborative work with Nadav Assor, was presented at the NETMAGE 10 International Live Media Festival, Bologna, Italy. Her video Peel was also shown at the 13 International Video Festival, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Vojvodina, Serbia. Surabhi is the recipient of the International Graduate Student Scholarship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her solo and collaborative works have been presented at the Links Hall, Looptopia and Sullivan Galleries in Chicago. She has shown at the Vadehra Art Gallery in New Delhi and was a part of Peers student residency program at Khoj International Artist Association New Delhi in 2006. Surabhi currently lives and works in San Francisco.

My art practice is informed by my background in choreography, Indian classical music, and painting, bringing a strong sense of composition to my works. My audio-visual installations and live performances transform the banal, structured and repetitive movements of everyday into a grandiose expression of the ordinary.  My focus is on the audience experience. Accentuated and amplified by these expressions, the experiences range from the subtle and pleasant, to the powerful and overwhelming. In my current series of works called Video Choreographies, the mass repetition of small videos magnifies subtle nuances while blurring the whole ensemble into a mass of activity. For instance, the elementariness of simple gestures, such as those of stirring, or putting hair behind the ear, get morphed into a complex choreography when multiplied. The effect of this process is mirrored in the dense and rich textured sound that emerges from the the layering of the audio from the individual videos.

Surabhi Saraf. 2010

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