Sreshta Rit Premnath investigates systems of representation to understand and challenge the process by which images become icons or events become history. He rigorously explores the backgrounds of subjects as varied as the MGM lion, urban development in the city of Bangalore, India, and the Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, through different mediums including photography, video, and sculpture. By granting these subjects renewed consideration, often in altogether new forms, he also establishes the possibility for alternative interpretations.
Artist Bio / CV
Sreshta Rit Premnath (1979, Bangalore) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in New York.
He completed his BFA at The Cleveland Institute of Art (2003), his MFA at Bard College (2006), and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program (2008). In 2009 he attended Skowhegan; in 2011 he received the Art Matters Foundation Grant and the Civetella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship; and in 2012 he was awarded the Arthur Levitt Fellowship from Williams College.
Premnath’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions including Folding Rulers, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; The Last Image, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, 2012; Storeys End, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, 2011; Rhizome, Wave Hill, New York, 2011; Leo (procedures in search of an original index), Gallery SKE, Bangalore, 2010; Zero Knot, Art Statements, Art|41|Basel, 2010; as well as numerous group exhibitions, including The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India, YBCA, San Francisco; Before and After, Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris, 2010; Spectral Evidence, 1A Space, Hong Kong, 2010; Other than Beauty, Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, 2010.
He is the founder and co-editor of the magazine Shifter along with Matthew Metzger; has curated On Certainty, Bose Pacia, New York, 2009; and the ongoing Project for an Archive of the Future Anterior in collaboration with Thom Donovan.
Premnath currently teaches in the MFA program at Parsons College and is the Arthur Levitt Fellow at Williams College.