Tejal Shah's (b. 1979) multidisciplinary oeuvre employs video, photography, performance and installation to explore biopower, the social construction of normalcy, and questions about the relationship between knowledge and power in the constitution of subjects, identities and social relations. Informed by a range of sources from different hirstories, including stories from various disenfranchised subcultures, her work both references and transcends otherness. Apart from these concerns forming a contextual reference point for her work, the vicissitudes of gender and culture, also function as a site where she underscores the contradictions inherent in the braiding of the political and the personal. Her practice continues to remain research based and self-reflexive.Read More
Her works have been exhibited widely in museums, galleries and film festivals internationally. She was the recipient of the Sanskriti Award for visual arts in 2009 and her works are in the collection of Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi) and several private collections in India and abroad. In 2003-4, she co-founded, organised and curated Larzish – India's premier International Film Festival of Sexuality and Gender Plurality. She grew up in central India, Chhattisgarh, eventually moving to Bombay in 1995. Tejal works out of her laptop and Bombay city.