Somnambulists VI (from the staged photo series, lying down on the ground)
Logic of Birds III (from the staged photo/ video series, logic of birds)
Sonia Khurana works primarily with lens-based media, and draws upon diverging practices: photo, video, and the moving image, performance, text, drawing, sound, music, voice, and installation. Her art practice attempts to draw critically on references to cultural and gendered identity, and the psycho-social domain. Working with a discourse of power that is deliberately tangential, she structures the self through states of strangeness, alienation, displacement and embodiment. She strives to engage with constant negotiations between body and language, the self and the world. Through these deliberately poetic intimations, she tries to persistently explore and re-define the space of the political. Sonia studied art in London at the Royal College of Art, where she completed her Masters in 1999, and earlier in Delhi, at the Delhi College of art. In 2002, Sonia did a two-year Residency Programme for practice-based research at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Her works are in notable public and private collections, and have been shown widely and internationally since the late nineties; notably in seminal exhibitions such as‘elles@ Pompidou’ (2009/2010), ‘Global Feminisms in Brooklyn (2007), Aichi Triennale (2010), the Busan Biennale (2004), Gwangju Biennale (2008), West heavens, in Shanghai (2010), Liverpool Biennale (2010), Haus de Kulturen der welt (2003) among several others. Awards and recognition include: Research grant, Ministry of Education, The Netherlands, Research Grant, Werkleitz, Germany , 2003 Josine De Bruyn Kops Fonds for Artists, the Netherlands, INLAKS Grant for Royal College Of Art, in London. She lives and works in New Delhi.