Ajay Sharma is a visual artist, who formally studied painting. However, his works cover a wide range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, video, sound, install-action, performance, conventional and revived techniques of photography, durational and site-specific installations as well as new technologies. His artistic inquiry seeks to understand the epistemological engagement of processes, legitimation of alternative affirmatives, sabotage of performance practices, documentations, individual and collaborative practice. He is exploring space, portrayed as a metaphorical and hypothetical ground in performative action, installation and observation of Time Paradox, durational historicity of place, action, objects and body in Install-action.
His reconnoiter at a hypothetical process i.e. how Kinaesthetic (perceptual) appearances of body in sociopolitical landscapes engage differently as interpretations.
Since childhood, He has been through several traumatic experiences of Death, which have had a very deep impact on his thought process. The inquiry into existence of life and absence of body /person in daily life. The process of mind and projection, which he had experienced psychologically and observed mental illness in his brother, has led his to examine psychic of different events in day-to-day life process. Therefore, he is investigating death phenomena in time; how they take place with different notions and corporeality (body images embodiment). These investigations take references from different socio-political event , experience of day to day life through b Indian and Buddhist philosophies.
He takes drawing as a vehicular aspect of his thoughts. Elaborating on the notion of Bhava(phenomena)and realization, performance and alternative photography enable him to engage with external space as opposed to his internal visual thoughts.
Born in 1986 in Deoghar, Jharkhand, B. Ajay Sharma studied art at the Faculty of Visual Art, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (BFA in painting in 2007) and later earned his MFA in Painting from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 2009. His most recent solo show was with The Horanggasi Creative studio. He was part of PAN Asia Artists network, where he has coordinated festivals and worked with Asian cultural center and Ilmin Museum south Korea. His artistic practice includes:
Gallery Felix “Residue of Performative Acts”,Brussels ,Belgium 2017,
Itinerant Performance art festival 2018 New York curated by Hector Cangnoge,
In process #4 Horanggasinamu Artpolygon Gwangju ,Korea ,
4th Stay foolish Performance festival, Jeounju, Korea.
Sleep 20 day Durational performance in HHAS studio Morni Hills Performance Art Biennale 2018, Chandigarh ,India.
Paradox solo exhibition with instituto cervantes, New Delhi
Gallery Neilson Grazelema Cazid, Spain 2015,
2017 Invers Performance Sol San Luis Obispo, California, USA.
2017-Open Source performance PAErsche lab ,Cologne ,Germany.
2017- Workshop with Helge Meyer in PAErsche lab 2017 cologne , Germany.
2017- Extended Action performance Les Grands Voisins, 82, Denfert Rochereau, Paris,France.
In presence distillery gallery,Boston,U.S.A2017,durational performance P.M. 2.5 at the Object of desire by puccs gallery Budapest, Hungary.
2017- Schema Art Museum Cheongju korea.
He has set up a space called ”स्याह-घर” (pronounced as Syah-Ghar in Sanskrit and Hindi) meaning Dark-Room. He opened up this space to develop community-based-practice of alternative photography studio in New Delhi (India). Now it is in Chandigarh India .
He also initiated and conceptualizes the idea of “In_Process” Open Source Performance practice and documentation in 2018.
He is Co-founder member of Zameen Collective, New Delhi ,India-2019
Currently, he is teaching as Assistant professor in Chitkara University Punjab.
He initiate the idea of “In_Process” Open session Performance practice
Photo by Gin Gi lee , Title-In_Process #4 at Horanggasinamu Artpolygon Gwangju Korea .