Alt+Shift+Studio: Jasmine Nilani Joseph


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In this episode of Alt+Shift+Studio, Jaffna based artist Jasmine Nilani Joseph explores the studio within a landscape steeped in memories of war, displacement and resilience.


Jasmine Nilani Joseph (b. 1990) was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, where she is currently based. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Jaffna. Her solo exhibition The Sixth Diary was recently held at the Vadehra Art Gallery (Delhi). She has participated in several curated group exhibitions that include the Gropius Bau (Berlin), Serendipity Arts Festival 2017 (Goa), the Dhaka Art Summit 2018 (Dhaka), the Colomboscope Arts Festival 2019 (Colombo), the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka (Colombo). She was an artist-in-residence at the Pepper House in Kochi, organized by the Kochi Biennale Foundation in 2020, and a participating artist in the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial 2021 (Brisbane). Jasmine’s work has been published in international journals and magazines, and her practice has been featured in Phaidon’s Vitamin D3: Today’s Best in Contemporary Drawing. She was the recipient of the DBF Asia Art Future Award by the Asia Society Game Changer Awards India in 2022.

Image Courtesy: Vadehra Art Gallery

Alt+Shift+Studio is a series of online conversations and video tours that examine the intersection of infrastructures and ideas in contemporary artistic practice. In its 2023 edition, the programme is curated by Himanshu Kadam who delves into the theme of ‘Fractured Grids’. Inviting artists from South Asia and its diaspora, the series offers insights into the spaces they inhabit and how local topographies inform their practice. The new edition navigates through cities in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and the UAE, with insights into how ecology, war, civil movements and migration shape contemporary art.

Series editing by: Nikhil KC

An initiative by Ishara Art Foundation