Karthik Pandian

American artist Karthik Pandian makes works in moving image, sculpture and performance. Questions of history, consciousness, and the built environment motivate his research into subjects ranging from pre-Columbian mound-building cultures, race and the aesthetics of the avant-garde and camel choreography as an analogy for political movement. Pandian’s process is defined by a particular approach to vision: how to recognise the play of time, labor, and meaning in artifacts, landscapes and people. He works with a broad range of materials – from video, 35mm slide and 16mm film to earth, wood, and bronze – to render that play more visible.

Pandian had held solo exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Bétonsalon, Paris, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, and White Flag Projects, St. Louis, amongst others. His work was featured in the inaugural Made in L.A. at the Hammer Museum and La Triennale: Intense Proximity at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris as well as in group exhibitions such as Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015, at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Film as Sculpture at Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; and the 4th Marrakech Biennial, Higher Atlas. Pandian joined the faculty of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University in the Fall of 2017.

Atlas Unlimited, act II

LEAVE ME ALONE (Marrakesh, 2012)

Performance