Gautam Kansara

Adjunct, Coord/Digital Media Tech

Visual & Performing Arts

Gautam Kansara (b. 1979, London) is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Gautam’s video and photographic work is part of prestigious private collections including The Burger Collection, Hong Kong, and The Shreya and Swapan Seth Collection, New Delhi. Since 2002 his work has been featured internationally in numerous exhibitions and screenings, including A nite with the Poizon Dartz, Secret Project Robot Art Experiment, Brooklyn, NY (2013); This is familiar, but I can’t remember now…, Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY (2012); Multiple, Unique, Limited: Selections from the Permanent Collection at The Center for Book Arts in New York City (2011); Don’t Hurry, Don’t Worry at Shrine Empire Gallery in New Delhi (2010); No Soul For Sale at X-Initiative in New York City (2009), us between us at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT (2008); Rencontres Internationales at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid (2008); We Will Always Be There For You at Kunsthaus Dresden (2008); TV Dinners at LMAK Projects, New York City (2007); AIM 26 at The Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York City (2006). Gautam has been an artist-in-residence at Smack Mellon, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space, and the Center for Book Arts, all in New York City. Gautam is faculty at Manhattan College’s Department of Fine Arts, New York University’s Department of Art and Art Professions, as well as the National Academy Museum and School.

Courses Taught

Art 212- The Art of Digital Photography

Art 380- Digital Video Art: Editing and Production

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities
    Solo Exhibitions:
     
    2012-
     
    This Is Familiar But I Can’t Remember Now..., Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY
     
    2010-
     
    Don’t Hurry, Don’t Worry, Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi, India
    Curated by Shefali Somani and Anahita Taneja
     
    2008-
     
    us between us, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut
    Curated by Kristina Newman-Scott
     
    2004-
     
    Bar Series, Tribeca Film Festival 2004, Tribeca Cinemas Gallery, New York City
    Organized by Ruju Jasani and Basil Walter Architects
     
    Thesis Exhibition, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, New York City

    Selected Group Exhibitions and Screenings: * indicates screening ** indicates collaboration

     
    2013-
     
    *A Nite with the Poizon Dartz, Secret Project Robot Art Experiment, Brooklyn, NY
    I knew him, but I don’t if well, or..., Urban Passage Gallery, School of Arts, Manhattan College, New York
     
    Faculty Exhibition, National Academy Museum and School, New York City
     
    2012-
     
    Near by Night 5, Zinema, Lausanne, Switzerland
     
    Multiple, Unique, Limited: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Savannah College of Art and Design,
    Atlanta, GA
     
    Multiple, Unique, Limited: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
    Curated by Alexander Campos with assistance from Jen Larson
     
    Interpreting Rituals: The Butterfly Effect, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
    Curated by NARS Foundation and Asian American Arts Alliance (A4)
     
    Multiple, Unique, Limited: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Printing History, Houston, TX
    Curated by Alexander Campos with assistance from Jen Larson
     
    *Holy BOS! Films and Videos, Bobby Redd Project Space (The Church), Brooklyn, NY
    Curated by Microscope Gallery
     
    Multiple, Unique, Limited: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Minnesota Center for Book Arts,
    Minneapolis, MN
    Curated by Alexander Campos with assistance from Jen Larson
     
    *DRIFT 2012, Cerro Gordo Temple, Sante Fe, New Mexico
    Curated by Eileen Torpey
     
    **Collapsing Giant, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Joyce Soho, New York City
     
    2011-
     
    Picturing Parallax, SFSU Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, California
    Curated by Santhi Kavuri-Bauer
     
    Multiple, Unique, Limited: Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Center for Book Arts, New York City
    Curated by Alexander Campos with assistance from Jen Larson
     
    Paranormal Bureau, Rumpelstiltskin Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico
    Curated by Eduardo Cervantes
     
    Coup D’Espace: The Final Girl Video Lounge, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington D.C.
    Curated by Adam Dwight
     
    *Video Screening, Red House Gallery, New York City
    Curated by Lisa Biedlingmaier and Brigitte Lustenberger
     
    Shrine Empire Gallery, India Art Summit 2011, New Delhi, India
    Curated by Shefali Somani and Anahita Taneja
     
    2010-
     
    *Art Kino Presents: Frictive Familiarities, Biografteatern Rio, Stockholm, Sweeden
    Curated by Diana Kaur and Farrah Siddiqui
     
    A Place of Their Own, BMB Gallery, Mumbai, India
    Curated by Sharmistha Ray
     
    *Are We Home Yet?, Video Dumbo, Dumbo Arts Festival, ILX Space, Brooklyn, NY
    Curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy
     
    *B.A.D.CA.T. Presents: Circus of Perception, Brooklyn Fireproof East, Brooklyn, NY
    Curated by Abigail Simon
     
    *DRIFT 2010, Little Wing Performance Space, Sante Fe, New Mexico
    Curated by Eileen Torpey
     
    Non-Native New York, de Castellane Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
    Curated by Linn Edwards and Brian Bell
     
    **Other Spaces, CENTER 548, New York City (Collaboration with David Shull, Sarah Kuhn, Lane Lacolla)
    Curated by Jayne Drost
     
    Le Banquet de Blanche-Neige, Carte blanche à Catherine Baÿ, Video Program, Centre Pompidou, Paris
    Curated by Catherine Baÿ, Centre Pompidou, and Rencontre Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid
     
    Artists-in-Residence Spotlight, Center for Book Arts, New York City
    Organized by Sarah Nicholls and Alexander Campos
     
    *Producing: Films and Videos, MACY Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City
    Curated by Maurizio Pellegrin
     
    2009-
     
    *Programme 3, British Film Institute, BFI Southbank Studio Theater, London, UK
    Curated by Peter Campus, and in conjunction with Opticks at BFI Southbank Gallery
     
    Home, Mikhail Zakin Gallery, The Art School at Old Church, Demarest, New York
    Curated by Rachael Faillace
     
    Visions in NYC, MACY Gallery, Teacher College, Columbia University, New York City
    Curated by Maurizio Pellegrin
     
    Metropolitan Memories, Hudson County Arts Annual, Justice Brennan Court House, New Jersey
    Curated by Mara Miller
     
    *Familiar Places, Video_Dumbo, Dumbo Arts Festival, Front Street Gallery, Brooklyn, New York City
    Curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy
     
    *Left Coast/Gautam Kansara/Andrew Hurst at No Soul For Sale: A Festival of Independents, X-Initiative, NYC
    Organized by David Shull
     
    *New Language Makers, 131 Art Productions, Wah Luen Industrial Building, Hong Kong, China
    Curated by Amara Antilla
     
    *Social Soup, EFA Project Space, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York City
    Curated by Perpetual Art Machine
     
    2008-
     
    Critical Studio: A Dialogue with South Asian Artists, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York City
    Curated by Maurizio Pellegrin and Razia Sadik
     
    Wir sind immer für euch da(We will always be there for you), Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden, Germany
    Curated by Susanne Weiß
     
    *Thicker Than Water and About the City, Video_Dumbo, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, New York
    Curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy + Bettina Johae and Elizabeth Smolarz

    *Rencontres Internationales Berlin 2008, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
    Programmed by Nathalie Hénon and Jean-François Rettig

     
    *Rencontres Internationales Madrid 2008, Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
    Programmed by Nathalie Hénon and Jean-François Rettig
     
    *Open-Ended Festival of Time-Based Media, Solvent Space, Plant Zero Arts Center, Richmond, Virginia, USA
    2007-2008 Tucker Boatwright Festival of Literature & The Arts, Dept. of Art & Art History & University
    Museums, University of Richmond. Curated by Jeremy Drummond and N. Elizabeth Schlatter
     
    2007-
     
    Drift Satellite, Institute of American Indian Arts College, Santa Fe, New Mexico
     
    Drift 2007, Rush Arts Gallery, New York City
    Curated by Eileen Torpey and Bradley Pecore
     
    Transitio MX 2, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
     
    Video-Carros, alter-arte07 Festival, Murcia, Spain
     
    TV Dinners, LMAK Projects, New York City
    Curated by Louky Keijsers
     
    Imagined Worlds, REDHEAD Project Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City
    Curated by Jeanne Gerrity
     
    Legal Aliens, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
    Curated by Ofri Cnaani and Rotem Ruff
     
    *Rencontres Internationales Paris 2007, 12th Edition, the Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
    Curated by Nathalie Hénon and Jean-François Rettig
     
    *eDIT 10.Filmaker’s Festival, Kassel Dokfest Program, CineStar METROPOLIS, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
    Programmed by Kati Michalk and Gerhard Wissner
     
    *Rencontres Internationales Madrid, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
     
    2006-
     
    Beyond Images 2, <Matrix S>, 4th Seoul Media Art Biennial, Dukwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
     
    Multiplex: Legal Aliens, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
    Curated by Ofri Cnaani and Rotem Ruff
     
    NYU/ICP 20 Years In, International Center of Photography, Education Gallery, NYC
    Curated by Gerald Pryor
     
    Pipe Lines, NARS Foundation Inaugural Exhibition, NARS Studio Space #2, Brooklyn, NY
    Curated by Inhee Iris Moon
     
    Lag-Time Line-up, Mumbo Jumbo Gallery, New York City
    Curated by Collete Blanchard and Ken Jones Jr.
     
    AIM 26, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York City
    Curated by Lydia Yee and Erin Salazar
     
    Exploding Television - Satellite of Love: Sex and Sadness, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Witte de With
    Contemporary Art Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Curated by Jan Schuijren
     
    *Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin 2006, 11th Edition, Paris/Berlin
    Programmed by Nathalie Hénon and Jean-François Rettig
     
    *BAC! Festival, VII Edition, Barcelona, Spain
     
    *NoNo Style Presents…A Midsummer nnstyl’s Dream, MonkeyTown, Brooklyn, New York
     
    *Darklight Festival, Irish Film Institute and FilmBase, Dublin, Ireland
     
    *Sex and Sadness, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
    Curated by Jan Schuijren
     
    2005-
     
    SIART Bolivia 2005, Bienal Internacional, Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia
     
    RW / FF, Chong Dam Art Festival, Gallery Demain and Gallery The Space, Seoul, Korea
    Curated by Jeeyun Kim
     
    Video Series, Goliath Visual Space, Brooklyn, New York
    Curated by Bettina Johae and Madeleine Gallagher
     
    New.Mass.Art, Contemporary Artist Center(CAC), New Adams, Massachusetts
     
    *22nd Kassel Documentary Film and Video Art Festival, Kassel, Germany
     
    *Beyond Stills, Gallery Korea, New York City
    Curated by Jeeyun Kim
     
    *Now and Future, Cantor Film Center, New York City
    Curated by Jeeyun Kim
     
    2004-
     
    Third International Film and Video Festival, The Museum of New Art (MONA), Detroit, Michigan
     
    **Welcome, Rosenberg Gallery, New York University (Collaboration with Graciela Fuentes)
     
    Urban Moment, Ever Harvest Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
     
    Salon de Expace(ExPace Projects), Transplant Gallery, New York City
     
    Ben-Addiction 2004, Goliath Visual Space, Brooklyn, New York
     
    2003-
     
    Lightshow, Clocktower Art Space, Brooklyn, New York

    Selected Bibliography:

     
    Picturing Parallax by Falu Bakrania, Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, Kasturi Ray, and Paul Sherwin, Catalog, SFSU Fine Arts
    Gallery, October 2011
     
    Frictive Familiarities by Diana Kaur, Catalog, Art Kino and Bastard Gallery, Stockholm, November 2010
     
    Homeward Bound by Zeenat Nagree, TimeOut Mumbai, October 2010
     
    A Curious Inheritance by Gopika Nath, Take On Art Magazine, July 2010
     
    Gautam is Leaving Tomorrow by Natasha Baruah, Art Slant India, April 2010
     
    A Place of Their Own by Sharmistha Ray, ArtPulse Magazine, November 2009
     
    Ray, Sharmistha, Way in the World, Art India Magazine, July 2009
     
    Maine, Stephen, Snapshots, the Airport, and Lunch, Real Art Ways Publication, August 2008
     
    Keijsers, Louky, TV Dinners, NY ARTS Magazine, July 2007
     
    Heller, Fran, Immigration’s faces at SPACES, Cleveland Jewish News, February, 2007
     
    Hodge, Wayne, Aliens in Our Midst, The Reeler, December, 2006
     
    Genocchio, Ben, Art in Review: For Hopeful Artists, the Search to be Just Themselves New York Times, April, 2006
     
    Datta, Jyotirmoy, 2 S.Asians among 36 artists at Bronx Museum exhibit, News India Times, April, 2006
     
    Modern Art Obsession, MAO does Art in the Bronx, March, 2006
     
    Bronx Museum, AIM 26 Catalog, March 2006
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants

    2010- NY Workspace Consortium, Residency Extension, Center for Book Arts, New York City
    2009- Artist in Residence, Center for Book Arts, New York City
    2007- Studio Artist Fellowship, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York
    2006- AIM, Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York City
    2006- Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City