Vibha Galhotra


Saturday, April 1, 2017 through
Thursday, April 27, 2017


Saturday, April 1, 2017 through
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Vibha Galhotra

A native of Chandigarh, India, Vibha Galhotra obtained a BFA in graphics from the College of Arts, Chandigarh in 1999 and an MFA in graphics from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharti, Santiniketan in 2001. She has exhibited throughout the world and most recently in the United States, including solo exhibitions at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and the South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Handcrafted by Galhotra and overwhelming the surfaces of her large-scale sculptures are countless ghungroos—metal ankle bells that are a markedly feminine symbol within Indian culture, their presence emblematic of marriage, spectacle, performance, and class. Hand sewn and fastened to each piece by women from her local community, Galhotra's studio practice reflects a deep feminine collaboration. As she explains, "I moved to one of the urban villages in Dehli, and employ local women. Many of them don't have jobs and their husbands don't let them work outside, but they come to me since I am a woman."

Galhotra’s large-scale sculptures confront the changing topography of the world to highlight the impact of globalization and growth on specific communities and regions, with her work responding to the rapid environmental changes and the re-purposing of land, in addition to its affect on the human condition and quality of life. Galhotra’s work continually addresses the theme of water pollution, and she views herself as an active participant whose ecologically driven work often criticizes the state and impact of urban development on her native land.


Galhotra’s practice is defined by countless hours of research, and together with San Diego CoastKeepers, her residency project will explore issues affecting our region. During her residency, Galhotra will continue to develop her practice of counter mapping, while turning her attention from Indian water and land politics towards the waterways surrounding Lux. Galhotra intends to study North County coastal water systems, using mapping methodologies and practices to explore environmental changes native to our region.