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Kinnari Saraiya

Born in Bombay, India and based in the United Kingdom, Kinnari Saraiya is an Artist, Curator, Writer and Thinker of the colonial present. Her interests lie in the ruptures created through colonialism in space and time, and to look at the past ways of life as a way towards the future. Through the recovery and binding of ancient and new tools, resources, and technologies, her work constructs a portal, a time capsule that helps define, find, create, escape, and return home. She received Bachelors in Fine Art with honours from Arts University Bournemouth in 2020, where she was awarded the Dean’s Prize for excellence in creativity for her graduate project ‘Victoria Terminus’.

As an artist, she has exhibited in shows nationally and internationally, most notably, a solo show in the basement of the British Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, alongside Cathy Wilkes in 2019. Her work has been exhibited in Kyiv Biennial 2021 called Allied, curated by members of the East Europe Biennial Alliance. Some of her group shows were I Matter, touring through Babylon Arts Gallery, Peterborough Museum, St.Albans Museum and Gallery and Wells Malting across 2021-22, SPUR WORLD touring through Eastside Projects, Arebyte, Chaos Magic, Palfrey and D-UNIT across 2020-21, Doug Adams Gallery in California in 2020, London Metropolitan University in 2020, Fort Mason Centre for Arts and Culture in San Francisco in 2017 and many more.

She co-curated a worldbuilding project built on New Art City called It was a Roadside Picnic with Helen Starr, an Afro-Carib curator and activist. Set in the desert of Sahel and centered around a breathing app that is synced to breathing exercises towards a calm mental state, it is an urgent statement that art has the potential to heal. She currently works at BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art as a Curatorial Fellow, supported by Frieze and Deutsche Bank. Here she will work on multiple exhibitions across 18 months and deliver public programmes supporting them.