Archana Hande (b. 1970)
Archana graduated in Printmaking at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, in 1991, and
completed her M.F.A from M.S. University, Baroda in 1993.
Archana’s artwork and creative practice has always spanned diverse modes,venues,
concerns and forms. This also sees her taking on roles of a curator and organizer. A
well-known project of hers is http://www.arrange ur own, 2002 to 2008 –
a web and installation project that investigates the structure of arranged marriage
and the entire package that comes within religious tradition. Other projects
include All is fair in Magic White, Relics of Grey, Tales of Patachitrakar, etc.
From 2001-05, Hande was a member of Open Circle, an artists’ initiative based
in Mumbai, organizing many public space events; in 2004, she was an artist and
organizer in the World Social Forum, Mumbai; curated the show A/P Artist Proof
for Gallery Chemould, Mumbai; in 2005, she lead the delegation for Seeds of Peace
and in 2006, she worked as designer on the play “Orientation” for a London-based theater company. She has also written articles for a couple of Indian publications.
She has participated in many national and international group shows, among others:
Sites of Recurrence (Borås Konstmuseum, Sweden and Dakshinachitra, Madras),
The Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India (Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth;
Asia Society and Museum, New York; Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; and Museum
of Contemporary Art, Monterrey), Art Circus (Yokohama Triennial 2005, Japan),
Icon of the Millennium (Mumbai), Are we like this only? (Delhi), and Gift for India
(Delhi and Mumbai).
Archana’s versatile work has been awarded with a Junior Fellowship, Human
Resource Development, Government of India, 1995-97; Charles Wallace India
Trust Arts Awards; Residency in Glasgow School of Arts, UK, 2000-01, and Majlis
Fellowship for Visual Arts, Mumbai, 2007-2008.
She lives and works in Bombay and Bangalore, India.

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