Sameer Kulavoor (b.1983) is a visual artist living and working in Mumbai, India. Having closely witnessed the rapid transformation of urban surroundings and culture in India in the 90s (results of economic liberalisation and the internet boom), Kulavoor’s innate approach is to constantly note and understand the impact that time, culture, politics and socio-economic conditions have on our visible and invisible surroundings. His works often address how and why cities look and work the way they do by filtering, dissecting, defamiliarizing and documenting commonly seen subjects and events – often oscillating between instinctive and conceptual methods of making. Through the early 2000s, Kulavoor became widely known for his design and illustration work and set up one of the earliest specialised studios of its kind in India – Bombay Duck Designs. Over the next decade, Kulavoor moved on to focus on his solo art practice that has taken the form of drawings, paintings, videos, sculptures, murals, books, zines and art-prints.
He is represented in India by TARQ Mumbai.
2023 Edifice Complex – TARQ, Mumbai, India
2020 You are all caught up – TARQ, Mumbai, India.
2018 A man of the crowd – TARQ, Mumbai, India.
2016 Please have a seat – Serigraphs at Artisans’, Kalaghoda, Mumbai, India.
2012 The Ghoda Cycle Project – Bicycle Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland.
2023 Metromorphosis – Mumbai Urban Art Festival by St+Art India, Mumbai, India.
2022 India Art Fair, TARQ booth, Delhi, India.
2022 Event, Memory, Metaphor – TARQ, Mumbai, India.
2021 State of Mind : Between Dysphoria and Hope – Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India.
2021 Lokame Tharavadu – Alappuzha, Kerala, India.
2020 Resurgence – (online) TARQ, Mumbai, India.
2020 India Art Fair, TARQ booth, Delhi, India.
2019 SqW:Lab Fellowship Closing Exhibition – Mumbai, India.
2019 The Shifting City – Gallery MMB, Goethe Institut, Mumbai, India.
2019 India Art Fair, TARQ booth, Delhi, India.
2017 Parfum Sassoon – Sassoon Dock Art Project by St+Art India, Mumbai, India.
2013 Faith – Lokal Helsinki, Finland.
2010 Ten artists and a fort – FILTER, Mumbai, India.
2021 Emergence, The Show Windows, Coventry, UK.
2021 Lokame Tharavadu – Alappuzha beach stage, Kerala, India.
2021 Mumbai 400001 – Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai.
2019 Social Media Friendly Plants – St+Art India, Lodhi colony, Delhi, India.
2017 High Five – Artisans’ Kalaghoda, Mumbai, India.
2014 The Great North Road Mural, Zoomslide, Auckland, New Zealand.
CURATION & SELF-PUBLISHING
2023 EVERYDAYINDIA – Graphic Design and multiplicity from gullies to high streets – Research, show curation and book design with Zeenat Kulavoor. A BARO Market presentation at 47-A Design Gallery, Mumbai.
2020 EverydayZine – a series of zines that broadly looks at ‘everyday’ from different perspectives. In an effort to explore new formats of art books and storytelling, each volume is an experiment created using images and words by an artist and a writer. Curation and design collaboration with Zeenat Kulavoor & Phalguni Desai.
2010 Hundred Percent Zine (100%ZINE) Concept and Curation with Lokesh Karekar.
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Features Press and Interviews
- Ned Carter Miles reviews Sameer Kulavoor’s Edifice Complex for ArtAsiaPacific.
- We like to move it, move it. Ela Das in Sunday Mid-day
- Edifice Complex. Radhika Iyengar in Platform Magazine.
- Art meets architecture in Tarq’s new space. Avantika Bhuyan in Mint Lounge.
- Retrofit: People and the places we inhabit. Azra Bhagat in The Odd One.
- Edifice Complex. Aatish Nath in Architectural Digest.
- Edifice Complex. Asad Sheikh in Verve.
- Visual Artist Sameer Kulavoor’s ‘Edifice Complex’ Intersects Urban Architecture & Identity. Vaaswat Sarkar in Homegrown.
- Stepping out at the fair. Georgina Maddox in MASH.
- ‘Edifice Complex’: Drawings of architecture that reveal socio-economic reality. Rahul Kumar in STIR.
- Finding method in madness. Trisha Mukherjee in New Indian Express.
- An eclectic canvas – Tanishka D’lyma, MID-DAY, 2 Feb 2022
- Unearthing histories – A critical engagement with the archive – Zahra Amiruddin, Critical collective, 23 Aug 2022
- In conversation with Shalini Passi – MASH India
- In conversation with Design India Magazine (Pool 126)
- ‘You are all caught up’ feature and interview in MintLounge
- Cellphone Victims and other Viral Stories. Chintan Girish Modi in ArtIndia Magazine
- ‘You are all caught up’ feature + on the cover of Domus India Magazine
- ‘You are all caught up’ featured in Mid-Day
- Wall of Gratitude in Architectural Digest India
- Psychosomatic (Lockdown diaries) in Art India Magazine
- Art in an apocalypse – Hindustan Times
- Interview/studio-visit with John Ros – Studio ELL
- In conversation with Art Radar Journal
- BOOOOOOOM Editors Pick
- Design Fabric features ‘A man of the crowd’
- ‘A man of the crowd’ featured in The Hindu feature 1 & feature 2
- ‘A man of the crowd’ featured in Colour Quotient
- Architectural Digest features ‘A man of the crowd’
- Hindustan Times features ‘A man of the crowd’
- With Teal Triggs on Zine Weekly (Interview)