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Priya Sen, About Elsewhere (2007), video 28'

Priya Sen, About ElsewhereI (2007), video, 28'

Priya Sen, installation Indian Highway (2008).

Priya Sen's practice uses the medium of the moving image to draw together fragmented writings, sounds and snapshots. Reflecting on her inability to make sense of the fast changing city landscape of New Delhi, she engages with the particularities of a given place and explores the possibilities of the collective production of knowledge.

Alongside her individual practice, Sen is also part of a collective called Sarai, a media-based social research centre based in New Delhi. For the past four years, Sen has worked as part of the group on the project Cybermohalla, a scheme to create a network of young researcher-practitioners brought together from differing neighbourhoods. Translated as “cyber-locality", or “cyber-neighbourhood”, the group self-administrate small media based infrastructures as a means to express their thoughts about the city in which they live and the radical changes it undertakes. The works produced by the group are disseminated through mobile libraries, temporary studios and weekly markets.

When working independently, Sen's practice focuses on experimentation with non-fictional film and video, creating moving collages. In About Elsewhere (2007), Sen works with video footage, text, and sound to describe a person through the places and journeys they experience rather than the usual recognisable signs of identity.

Priya Sen was the 2009/10 recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust award for a residency at Gasworks. She lives and works in New Delhi. Since March 2005 she has worked as a researcher-practitioner at Sarai. Recent exhibitions include Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London (2008), Berlinale, Berlin (2008), Videomix India, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2008), and Blacklily Film and Music Festival, Philadelphia (2008).

During her residency at Gasworks, Priya Sen also took part in the project Between Kismet and Karma: South Asian Women Artists Respond to Conflict organised by Shisha in collaboration with Leeds University.

International Residency Programme presents Open Studio Weekend
Thursday 26 March 2010 - Sunday 28 March 2010

12-6pm
Preview: Thursday 25 March, 7-9pm

Cristóbal Lehyt, Priya Sen and Alberto Tadiello opened their studios to the public to show and discuss the development of their work during their stay in London.

Screening: Priya Sen

Saturday 27 March, 3-4:30pm

As part of the Open Studio weekend, Priya Sen presented a selection of her video works, followed by an informal conversation with the artist.

Links

Charles Wallace India Trust

Cybermohalla

Magic Eye Manual, Priya Sen'd blog in London

Shaina Anand