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Priyadarshini Ohol

Dharamshala, India 2 Followers

About Artist

Painting, Performance, New Media, Installation Bio: Born in 1982, raised around Bombay-Thane, Priyadarshini Ohol entered the arts full time after a ski accident and surgery equipped with a degree in Mecha...

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Painting, Performance, New Media, Installation




Bio:

Born in 1982, raised around Bombay-Thane, Priyadarshini Ohol entered the arts full time after a ski accident and surgery equipped with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and experience in business and high impact socio-political activism.

Post recuperation, Ohol spent years in her Himalayan studio in Dharamshala, establishing an influential, independent, avant garde practice which finds expression in painting, performance, video, performative painting, butoh, poetry, articles, interdisciplinary immersive installations, experimental and collaborative works.

This examination and transformation of misery, fate, human experience into thriving life rooted in radical self care, scientific inquiry, authenticity, freedom, play is at the core of her art practice.

Ohol’s sensitive multilayered performances play with perceptions, challenge norms and change art landscapes. Derivatives of her work appear, the subjects she examines and the language find their way into variegated vocabularies. Yet, her abstract expressionist canvases clearly indicate her irreverence for categories betraying a fierce need for artistic freedom. She says her work includes stream of consciousness art, yet given it’s reflexive dynamism, it is best described by the term agile art.

Ohol’s is a complex social practice examining the self in relation to the world, equality, exclusion, inclusion, identity, belonging, dehumanization, discrimination, casteism, freedom, sexuality, gender, feminism, possession, dispossession, ethics, classism, displacement, fraternity, regional and global politics, the politics of locations of the body, the meaning of art, possibilities of artistic cultural impact and artivism in an increasingly changing, conflict ridden, technologically driven, globalized, fragmented world.


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In the artists words:


"My art is for The Fearless, The Flamboyant, The Rebellious, The Non-Conformists, The Doers, Makers, Go Getters,The Shockers, The Shakers, The Game Changers, The Changemakers, The Kind & Gentle with that shade of Iconoclast-ism. I would like to see my art close to such beings with drive, passion, courage, guts, sass, moods, emotions, life.

Everything I do, I do to leave behind a legacy. At some level I know that I was born to be a star. There is no other reason why I should have lived the life I lived and survive. So everything I do turns to gold. My art affects people. It brings about a change in state. I make it to shake you, move you, jolt you, calm you, soothe you, anger you, connect with you, stay in your head, make you do something.

I'd like to die a polymath so I try very hard to get there. I believe in one life & I want to do everything to the fullest extent in one lifetime. Artist, Activist, Actor, Adventurer. When I am doing none of that which I deem worthy, I like to vegetate instead.

Art is a way for me to do something larger than one life, to leave behind a legacy, to bring about change, to express, to be free, to stay sane.

I'm inspired by nature. My earliest memory of this is sitting outside, looking at the Gulmohar trees caressed by the winds, dreaming, and then running inside to write a poetry about it.

I pursue art full time since a ski accident requiring surgery. I also run up and down the Dharamshala hills and participate in marathons. It used to take me an hour to cross a room after surgery and I spent a lot of time on my back. That's what motivates my skyscapes. Looking at the beauty of the sky while being on my back. I like everything to be useful, to feed into some universal symbiotic cycle.

I use my life experience of overcoming a difficult childhood and incredible socio-economic odds, being a Model, studying Mechanical Engineering, being an Activist, a Businesswoman, flirting with politics, overcoming adversities like changes due to the accident, travelling, people, emotions in my art.

People ask me why I didn't pursue politics. I answer that I was not ready emotionally or temperamentally. How could I be free to create explore, to travel, to create and be if I live one persona?

Just like the multiple me's my art is of multiple styles and subjects. I don't know if I will ever settle down into one style, one type, one subject. To me, doing the same thing, over and over again, is a waste of time, a waste of life. And my art is my life on canvas.I have designed my life and trained my brain with great pain. People say my art is happy and colourful. It is so because without that outlook, I wouldn't survive. Moving to Dharamshala has made me and my art free, just to be.

I like the arts and literature and adventure sports and interesting people and travelling and changing the world and living a life less ordinary.

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  • BIODATA

  • About Artist

    Painting, Performance, New Media, Installation




    Bio:

    Born in 1982, raised around Bombay-Thane, Priyadarshini Ohol entered the arts full time after a ski accident and surgery equipped with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and experience in business and high impact socio-political activism.

    Post recuperation, Ohol spent years in her Himalayan studio in Dharamshala, establishing an influential, independent, avant garde practice which finds expression in painting, performance, video, performative painting, butoh, poetry, articles, interdisciplinary immersive installations, experimental and collaborative works.

    This examination and transformation of misery, fate, human experience into thriving life rooted in radical self care, scientific inquiry, authenticity, freedom, play is at the core of her art practice.

    Ohol’s sensitive multilayered performances play with perceptions, challenge norms and change art landscapes. Derivatives of her work appear, the subjects she examines and the language find their way into variegated vocabularies. Yet, her abstract expressionist canvases clearly indicate her irreverence for categories betraying a fierce need for artistic freedom. She says her work includes stream of consciousness art, yet given it’s reflexive dynamism, it is best described by the term agile art.

    Ohol’s is a complex social practice examining the self in relation to the world, equality, exclusion, inclusion, identity, belonging, dehumanization, discrimination, casteism, freedom, sexuality, gender, feminism, possession, dispossession, ethics, classism, displacement, fraternity, regional and global politics, the politics of locations of the body, the meaning of art, possibilities of artistic cultural impact and artivism in an increasingly changing, conflict ridden, technologically driven, globalized, fragmented world.


    Search the name for video interviews and press coverage.

    In the artists words:


    "My art is for The Fearless, The Flamboyant, The Rebellious, The Non-Conformists, The Doers, Makers, Go Getters,The Shockers, The Shakers, The Game Changers, The Changemakers, The Kind & Gentle with that shade of Iconoclast-ism. I would like to see my art close to such beings with drive, passion, courage, guts, sass, moods, emotions, life.

    Everything I do, I do to leave behind a legacy. At some level I know that I was born to be a star. There is no other reason why I should have lived the life I lived and survive. So everything I do turns to gold. My art affects people. It brings about a change in state. I make it to shake you, move you, jolt you, calm you, soothe you, anger you, connect with you, stay in your head, make you do something.

    I'd like to die a polymath so I try very hard to get there. I believe in one life & I want to do everything to the fullest extent in one lifetime. Artist, Activist, Actor, Adventurer. When I am doing none of that which I deem worthy, I like to vegetate instead.

    Art is a way for me to do something larger than one life, to leave behind a legacy, to bring about change, to express, to be free, to stay sane.

    I'm inspired by nature. My earliest memory of this is sitting outside, looking at the Gulmohar trees caressed by the winds, dreaming, and then running inside to write a poetry about it.

    I pursue art full time since a ski accident requiring surgery. I also run up and down the Dharamshala hills and participate in marathons. It used to take me an hour to cross a room after surgery and I spent a lot of time on my back. That's what motivates my skyscapes. Looking at the beauty of the sky while being on my back. I like everything to be useful, to feed into some universal symbiotic cycle.

    I use my life experience of overcoming a difficult childhood and incredible socio-economic odds, being a Model, studying Mechanical Engineering, being an Activist, a Businesswoman, flirting with politics, overcoming adversities like changes due to the accident, travelling, people, emotions in my art.

    People ask me why I didn't pursue politics. I answer that I was not ready emotionally or temperamentally. How could I be free to create explore, to travel, to create and be if I live one persona?

    Just like the multiple me's my art is of multiple styles and subjects. I don't know if I will ever settle down into one style, one type, one subject. To me, doing the same thing, over and over again, is a waste of time, a waste of life. And my art is my life on canvas.I have designed my life and trained my brain with great pain. People say my art is happy and colourful. It is so because without that outlook, I wouldn't survive. Moving to Dharamshala has made me and my art free, just to be.

    I like the arts and literature and adventure sports and interesting people and travelling and changing the world and living a life less ordinary.

  • Academics

    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

  • Exhibitions

    Upcoming India Art Festival , Delhi in Jan 2017

  • Award & Recognition

    Awarded the Prohelvetia Swiss Arts Council Studio Residency - "Artist -in- Residence 2020"

    One Woman Shows:

    “Dehumanized Body: India 2018 | Kolkata”, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, October 2018 - Multidisciplinary Multichannel New Media Installation with long duration Interactive Butoh Performance

    "Priyadarshini Ohol: In the Flow State", All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, Delhi, April 2018 - Paintings

    “In the Stream of Consciousness with Priyadarshini Ohol”, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, November 2017 - Paintings

    “Priyadarshini Ohol”, India Art Festival, Thyagaraj Stadium, Delhi, January 2017 - Paintings

    Group Shows:

    “Colours of Rebellion”, Einewelt Haus, Madgeburg, Germany, Group Exhibition, April - September 2018

    “Colours of Rebellion”, VuB Campus Etterbeek, Brussel, Belgium, Group Exhibition, April 2018

    “Colours of Rebellion”, Pangaea, KU Leuven, Belgium, Group Exhibition, April 2018

    "Beyond Colours", Visual Arts Gallery, Indian Habitat Centre (IHC), Delhi, Group Exhibition, May 2017

    "International Art Exhibition", Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, Group Exhibition, May 2017

    "Explorations", AIFACS, Delhi, Group Exhibition, March 2017

    "Ode to Her", Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Gorky Sadan, Kolkata, Group Exhibition, March 2017

    "Colour Spectra", Artizen Art Gallery, Delhi, Group Exhibition, February 2017

    Video Art:

    “The Rape of Badaun”, Found footage from social media, Performance recordings.

    “The Attack on Bhima Koregoan”, Found footage from social media, Performance recordings.

    “Pink Girl”, Illusionary multi-layered edited video of iterative Pink Girl performances in front of prior Pink Girl projections.

    Residencies:

    “Bodytaster Residency”, Molières Sur Cèze, France, March - April 2019

    “The Subconscious Body”, Dharamshala, India, December - February 2019

    Performance Art:

    “Wallflower”, April 2019, Acker Stadt Palast, Berlin

    Wallflower is the journey of a human body across real and constructed walls of caste, class, gender, race, ability, health, poverty, language, nationality, geographies, and its inner world towards flowering into the best of mankind.

    “Everybody is an Artist”, February 2019, Dharamshala

    At the end of The Subconscious Body residency, I integrate my movement research and the research of creation from altered states of consciousness to make a final performative painting performance. In the end, the audience becomes the performer, performance and artist. As the performer watches, everyone leaves their own marks and art in the artwork I’ve created as moments of proof suspended in time.

    “Painting the Snow”, February 2019, Dharamshala

    I perform a site-specific body resonating with the winter and paint the snow.

    “Death on the Fountain”, January 2019, Dharamshala

    I die a thousand deaths on a toilet. The audience experiences intimacy of space and movement.

    “A Cold Bed”, January 2019, Dharamshala

    Audio as original artist made background music and song - “the coldest bed ever”, a bed, fireplace, 2 chairs, a table with kettle, tea for 2, table lamp, an ukulele. A couple. The audience is ushered into this intimate space right beside the bed. They become unwitting participants in the performance as they share the same space. The passive male body contrasts with the active female body of sexual desire, rejection and longing. What is rejection? What is female sexuality? Is a Dalit woman from the Indian subcontinent allowed a sexuality? How does this female political body move and process sexual rejection?

    “Letting Go of the Child I Raised”, January 2019, Dharamshala

    I rise from an unlit pyre and shoot an imaginary arrow with a wooden stick - metaphor for the one-way direction of life flow. I use various hurdles to process the different paths. I use a resistance band to unfurl from but get more entangled instead. The band comes up to my neck and the resistance starts to take the life out of me as I suddenly fall with peak resistance force.

    “This is a Necessity”, December 2018, Dharamshala

    Performing only what is necessary at that moment with only movement of the body without rules.

    “Between the Seen and the Unseen”, December 2018, Dharamshala

    With a long sturdy tie and bell around my waist to keep me anchored, I traverse the conscious, subconscious and unconscious, and perceive multiple physical and non-physical realms. At various times, I use a drawing sheet, a pen, notepad, sound.

    “The Black Bride's World”, December 2018, Dharamshala

    I lead fellow performers into the witch bride’s world.

    “Poltergeist”, December 2018, Dharamshala

    I effect and resonate with the various chaotic energies while others create the world behind me.

    “The Black Bride Welcomes You”, November 2018, Dharamshala

    The witch bride invites the audience into her lair and draws them into her world through sensory rituals.

    2 channel video, sound, smell, objects, taste, audience, multisensory performance.

    “Halloween 2018”, November 2018, Dharamshala

    Halloween Flash Mob Butoh Performance.

    “Dehumanized Body: India 2018 | Kolkata “, October 2018, Kolkata

    7-day long duration performance which channels the caste-based violence of the times into a socio-political commentary. 5 channel video, multichannel sound, voice, text, digital prints on canvas, objects, installation, live performance, audience, in-performance improvisations.

    “A Pink Girl with a Knife”, September 2018, Dharamshala

    Single Video of mixed previous Pink Girl performances, audience, objects, sound, live performance.

    “A Pink Girl is Dehumanized”, September 2018, Dharamshala

    Single channel video projection of previous Pink Girl Performance, sound, objects, audience, live performance.

    “A Pink Girl Flowers in the Rain”, August 2018, Dharamshala

    I dance this dystopian world which is no longer a fantasy. A candy floss girl flowers amidst it. Our reality Is more farfetched.

    “Stretched Thin”, August 2018, Dharamshala

    I treat my body and being without consideration, inhumanely and get stretched thin, increasingly becoming frayed on the edges.

    “Does She Need Your Permission”, August 2018, Dharamshala

    What is sexual objectification? Why is a female body offensive? Does using the body as a tool mean completely giving up sexuality? Does she need your permission to use her body?

    “A Painter's World”, July 2018, Dharamshala

    I perform the torment of being haunted by the lynched, murdered, hanging dehumanized bodies of the girls of Badaun as I worked through the current environment in this country.

    “Dehumanized Possessed Body”, July 2018, Dharamshala

    I let my body become transparent. I allow it to become possessed. We see the audience react.

    “Dehumanized Animal”, July 2018, Dharamshala

    How do you progressively shed your human conditioning to become a dehumanized creature and how does the audience interact with such a dehumanized body?

    “Revelation”, June 2018, Dharamshala

    I reveal my dehumanization. I am dancing my scars of abuse, of violence, of casteism, of violations, of deprivation, of neglect, of struggle, of conditioning, of control, of injustice, of discrimination, of verbal abuse, of physical abuse, of emotional abuse, of hurt, of betrayal, of survival, of use, of loss, of pain , of trauma, of bullying, of demons, of ghosts, of my body of people, of myself, of my people, under my skin that I carry around with me, of all of who I am.

    “The Torment Before Death”, June 2018, Dharamshala

    Do they have to fight? How much can a human being survive? What would make them live? Could they? Sometimes people just give up.

    “Dehumanized Women”, June 2018, Dharamshala

    I explore the violence that dehumanizes women in my body.

    Sound:

    “Lovers without the possibility of Love”, January 2019

    Ukelele and voice recording used as sound in “A Cold Bed”

    “Various Soundbites”, October 2018

    Bites used to present the dystopia in Dehumanized Body

    Workshop:

    “How to co-create with strangers”, 17th International Himalaya SubBody Butoh Festival, Dharamshala, Nov 2018

    An experimental research workshop that develops conditioning that facilitates same day improvisational performances.

    Digital:

    Dehumanized Body: India 2018 - Poster, invite.

    Art Festivals:

    17th International Himalaya SubBody Butoh Festival, Dharamshala, 2018

    Kala Spandan Art Fair, Bombay, 2018

    India Art Festival, Delhi, 2017

    In the Collections of:

    Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata

    Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata


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