Shefalee Jain is an artist based in Delhi, India. She is currently teaching Visual Art as Assistant Professor at the School of Culture and Creative Expressions(SCCE), Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) where she is pursuing a practice based PhD in Visual Art.
Her research interests lie in the area of visual culture, particularly in the study of the processes of othering and pathologization of bodies as well as the continuous re iteration and construction of the ‘normal body’ within various contexts such as modern medicine, advertisement, education and language. She is interested in examining the ways in which this has determined and continues to determine our ways of perceiving disability and disease. As an artist, her practice explores this area through her work that addresses these issues and as a pedagogue, this enquiry informs the courses she offers.
Her first solo exhibition titled Painting Dis-ease was held at The Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U., Baroda, India in Feb. 2012 and her second one Landscape and Fall was held at the Ambedkar University Delhi in Feb 2018. she has been part of several group shows some of which are Video Wednesdays at Gallery Espace, Delhi, Extending the Line at Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi and C 13: An exhibition, a proposition, a playground, a house at FICA, Delhi. She was recently in New York as an Apexart fellow for the month of June 2015. The fellowship program is focused on cultural exchange and new experiences providing an intense explorative journey.
Shefalee is the co-founder of BlueJackal, a platform for engaging with and creating visual narratives, comics, picture books and initiating dialogue and learning within these contexts through interactive programs. She has been a contributor to Chakmak, a children’s magazine published by Eklavya Publications, Bhopal, India. She has jointly illustrated (with Lokesh Khodke) Mother, a poem by Kancha Illiah, as part of a project, Different Tales: Stories from Marginal Cultures and Regional Languages (conducted by Anveshi Research Centre for Women’s Studies, Hyderabad, India). The book is published as part of a series, by DC books and Mango, Kottayam ,Kerela, India 2008. She is also the author and illustrator of a children’s book Ten, published by Tulika Publishers, India.
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