Sonia Mehra Chawla

Interdisciplinary Artist

Sonia Mehra Chawla

Interdisciplinary Artist

Sonia Mehra Chawla is a visual artist and researcher based in New Delhi, India. She received her BFA (2001) and MFA (2004) in Fine Arts from Delhi University’s College of Art in New Delhi/India. Mehra Chawla has an interdisciplinary practice as an artist, photographer and researcher. Working at the intersection of art, science and technology, the artistic practice explores notions of ecology, sustainability and conservation. Sonia’s practice is inextricably linked to an ethic, even a politics of multi-species co-existence and co-habitation.

Sonia Mehra Chawla is a fellow and awardee of the Charles Wallace India Trust of the British Council. Furthermore, she is a fellow of the International Art+ Science program instituted by Khoj, India and Wellcome Trust UK/DBT India Alliance. Chawla was awarded a long term International fellowship and residency in the area of social sciences by Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany in 2019, for the art, science and business program of the academy.

Chawla’s work has been exhibited at Edinburgh Printmakers (2021), Edinburgh Art Festival 2021, Edinburgh Science Festival 2021, Institut Fur Auslansbeziehungen, ifa Galerie, Stuttgart/Germany (2017); Yinchuan Biennale, MOCA Yinchuan/China (2016); Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi/India (2019), Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna/Austria (2011); Khoj International Artists Association, Delhi/India (2019); 1X1 Art Gallery, Dubai/UAE (2020), Goethe Institut, Mumbai/India (2017); British Council, New Delhi/India (2015); Tate Modern, London/UK (2006-07); ET4U Contemporary Visual Art Projects, Denmark/Scandinavia (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan/China (2016); CSMVS Museum, Mumbai/India (2010); Today Art Museum, Beijing/China (2008); Beck & Eggeling International, Dusseldorf/Germany (2015); Sydney Contemporary 13, Sydney/Australia (2013); 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong (2013), Art Basel/ Hong Kong (2013);  Project Stage Asia Pacific/Art Stage Singapore (2011) and Shanghai Contemporary/China (2009).

Chawla’s latest project ‘The Rooted Sea: Halophytic Futures’ will be presented at Radialsystem Berlin, in October 2021, in collaboration with four leading institutions: ZKM | Museum & Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, Germany, FORECAST Berlin, and the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Germany.

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Vital to Life, archival print, Edinburgh Science Festival 2021

Speculative Harbouring, archival print 2021, Edinburgh Science Festival 2021

The Salt Lab on view at Khoj, New Delhi, 2018

The Salt Lab installation view at the Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi, 2019

A still from the film The Non-Human Touch 2020

Altered Growth from the Salt Lab series, installation view at The Undivided Mind, Khoj, New Delhi

An image from The Salt Lab Series