Born in Mumbai, India, Jaishri Abichandani founded the South Asian Women's Creative Collective, www.sawcc.org, in 1997 and received her MFA from Goldsmiths College in 2005. She has exhibited internationally at P.S.1/MOMA, the Queens Museum, and the Guangzhou Triennial. Abichandani has served as the Founding Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum of Art in New York, curating several exhibitions including Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now. Jaishri is also the curator of Sultana's Dream at Exit Art, Exploding the Lotus and Artists in Exile amongst other shows. Jaishri's work is included in the Burger Collection, the Florian Peters Messers Collection and the Saatchi Collection.
"I produce material and ephemeral works that examine, subvert and generate power by exploring the relationships between individual and collective selves and their effect on society. My dual practices of art and cultural production manifest as installations, objects, videos, and performances. Primarily a political artist, my work integrates multiple aesthetics reflecting my identities as a feminist South Asian American artist to examine the implications of personal, political and spiritual choices, creating psychologically charged works with a strong narrative element. I create a cultural context for my work by activating democratic feminist networks and curating exhibitions."