SHILO SHIV SULEMAN

(1989, Bengaluru, India)

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Shilo Shiv Suleman is an artist whose work is sustained by commitments to poetry, technology and social justice. Suleman’s art combines magical realism, technology and social justice. She articulates her work across several platforms, including exhibitions, festivals and conferences. Shilo is the founder-director of the Fearless Collective, a movement that aims to replace fear with love in public space. She has worked with communities across the world by facilitating and leading public art interventions, for instance, with indigenous communities in Brazil, displaced and migrant communities in Beirut, queer activists in South Africa, and transgender activists in Pakistan. She has created large-scale installations for The Burning Man Festival and apps that respond to human brainwaves, which have been featured on TED. As an INK fellow, her work became known when her talk made it to TED.com, and got over a million views in 2012. She was chosen as one of three pioneering Indian women at TED Global, and has spoken at conferences like WIRED, DLD in London and Munich. More recently, she founded a collective of over 400 artists in India using community art to protest gender violence for which she was featured in a host of documentaries including Rebel Music by MTV. Awards include the Femina ‘Woman of Worth’, the New India Express ‘Devi Awards in 2015 and the Future books Digital Innovation in London. In 2014, Shilo received several grants and residencies – including two honorarium grants from Burning Man for the interactive art installations: Pulse & Bloom, and Grove – for her collaborations with a neuroscientist, aimed at creating art that interacts with human brainwaves and other biofeedback sensors. These biofeedback installations have brought together artists, architects, entrepreneurs, builders and neurotechnologists, and have been featured on international media including BBC, Rolling Stone, MSNBC, Tech Crunch, The Guardian and WIRED, and have been exhibited at the Southbank Centre, London. Shilo’s solo exhibitions include Reincarnate: We meet here in the Afterlife, 2021; and Beloved, 2015 with Art Musings. Shilo also showcased her work at the 20th anniversary of Art Musings, where she showcased a body of work in various medium including wood cut, embroidery, painting and sculpture. Group Exhibitions with Art Musings include India Art Fair; 2023, ’22, ’20, ’18; Pilgrims in Space, Time, Identity, 2019; The 20th, 2019. The artist lives and works between Bangalore, Jaipur and Bali.