“What Is Seen and Unseen”: Guest curator Shelly Bahl traces the under-documented history of South Asian American art in Chicago, from the Indian Pavilion at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition; to the rising interest in Asian antiquities during the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s; to contemporary artists practicing in the city today. Through October 26 at the South Asia Institute, 1925 S. Michigan Ave., 312-929-3911, saichicago.org

Asad Ali Jafri, Melissa Munira Jafri, and Tulika Ladsariya discuss artist collective SpaceShift’s origins and community-building art spaces.

by Coco Picard

May 29, 2024

𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴, 𝘶𝘴 brings together a selection of works by a group of artists who provide opportunities to attune to the environment rather than responding to it. Interweaving growth, flow, and decay, the works mesh together; eliciting questions concerning boundaries, bodies, edges, land and the role of intimacy and animacy in sharing a world with many worlds.

Featured artists include Abena Motaboli, Aishath Huda, Jules Koreman, Katelyn Patton and Laleh Motlagh and has been curated by Aishath Huda and Katelyn Patton.

On receiving director Erin Toale’s invitation to write for Bird Show, I was drawn to her and Tulika Ladsariya’s shared views on learning and mutual generosity plus their attunement to the cyclical rhythms in nature. In an endeavor to align with Erin and Tulika’s mindset, I decided to structure the essay in parallel with the artist's process- primarily in sync with the act of propagation. To move from a mindset of scarcity to that of abundance, I decided to wrangle with roots that have been concealed from plain view, providing a snapshot of entanglement as an Indian woman transplanted in America. 

Saadia Pervaiz writes about the thriving South Asian—Desi—community of makers on Devon Ave. I think I’m starting to see change. It is within this group; they understand art in a larger context and bring their experience and passion together. There really isn’t much more motivation than: we see this art portal that Devon has the potential of being. It’s much more than a transactional space.

Artist Tulika Ladsariya

This week Brian and Ryan Roundtable with Asha Iman Veal,  Tulika Ladsariya, and Mike Nourse of the Center program at Hyde Park Art Center. Antics ensue in discussions of life as a mid-career artists in Chicago and the exhibition Dream. 

Nia Easley and Tulika Ladsariya On view from W. Sheridan Avenue and online  The way we operate in physical space is a manifestation of the political climate. Get it Together aims to pose questions of ownership and power in the built environment. Nia Easley and Tulika Ladsariya each create work that calls attention to the ways our surroundings are influenced by various ideologies. Through these works, the artists challenge expectations and reveal biases in an effort to put the pieces back together.  

Artist Talk and Gallery Tour with Tulika Ladsariya for her Solo Show, STORYTELLING, shown at Roaring Artist Gallery, a virtual gallery exhibiting the work of visionary women artists, in our 3-D Virtual Gallery Space from March 28 - May 9, 2021

The South Asian Arts Resilience Fund, a grant supporting diaspora artists, helped give Ladsariya a platform to start a project and create a make-shift studio in her living room.

CHICAGO — Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is pleased to present “What Are You Voting For?” a virtual exhibition with works by 37 artists from across the U.S. who are sharing their voices and visions in response to the November 2020 elections.

In their statement jurors Karen Gutfreund and Sherri Cornett comment: “In this crucial election year, WMG asked self-identified women artists to share what they are voting for. There is so much at stake in the November 2020 elections and there are so many issues that polarize and define us: racism, Black Lives Matter, women’s rights, abortion, the ERA, intersectionality, power, privilege, the Covid19 pandemic, masks, the climate crisis, unemployment, education, health care, jobs, the economy, voting, surveillance, privacy, constitutional rights…

In conversation with Jennifer Weigal: As woman artist’s responding to the the theme Home, Tulika describes the ennui, anxiety and frustrations of three generations of women coming together in art making across borders and culminating into work that ties them together. Hear her story at 33 mins into this video, sharing the journey of these mixed media works and how they came to fruition

Chronicling the Art of Labor- by Priyanka Sacheti

“A former banker who found herself inexorably migrating into the world of art, Chicago-based Indian artist, Tulika Ladsariya focuses her artistic lens on exploring the dynamics of labor, language, and literacy through her paintings and sculptures. She describes her paintings as a social commentary on the division of society through the iconography of labor, whereas Tulika’s installations are derived from familiar construction materials procured from her surroundings; this enables her to empathize with the workforce that she depicts and thus, think of art as labor.

Vibrant, textured, and punctuated with layers and meanings, Tulika’s work takes the viewer into the landscapes and mindscapes that the laborers inhabit. Here she talks to Her Blueprint about the scope of her creative voyage so far.”

This week’s Friday Inspired has artist Tulika Ladsariya giving us insight into her artistic practice, while sharing with Beanstories images of her recent work.