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Hema Upadhyay, Residency from September 2010 to January 2011

Hema Upadhyay was born in 1972 in Baroda, India and died in Bombay in December 2015. 


She studied painting and fine arts at Baroda University. She lives and works in Bombay.

Hema Upadhyay used different techniques: painting, drawing, photography, which she associated in her work, she also made installations from ordinary collected objects, which she reappropriated.


Hema Upadhyay explored the transformation of forms, according to the physical quality or narrative of these objects, which become the supports of events, complex and provocative artistic and aesthetic experiences. She juxtaposed cityscapes and their allegories, recomposed in artificial environments, modifying their appearance until they became metaphors of the human imagination.

At the Atelier Calder Hema Upadhyay undertook new research and designed a project that was visually different from what she had been able to achieve before.

In a large-scale installation, Hema Upadhyay confronts the natural landscape of Touraine with that shaped by man, particularly that of Bombay, through the use of materials symbolic of memory and consciousness, notions often absent in the era of modernity and urban development.

In this new work, she used Plexiglas, which the artist chose for its quality of transparency. This chemical material allows her to capture the beauty of the landscape of Saché.

By confronting this non-biodegradable material with the presence of natural elements, the artist wanted to challenge the spectator, on all these materials elaborated by Man and which will no longer disappear from the Earth.

He has had several solo exhibitions, notably in Singapore at the Tyler Print Institute (2008) and at the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome "Where the bees suck, there suck I" (2009).
She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including "Indian Summer" at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris (2005), "Bombay Maximum City", Tri postal, Lille (2006), she exhibited at the Claude Berry Indian Focus Foundation in Paris in 2008.
In 2010, she participated in the architecture triennial "Arts and Cities" in Nagoya, Japan, she exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London "The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today", at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning, Denmark "Indian Highway".

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