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 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.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS/INSTALLATIONS

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

  • The Strangest Sights of Man-2 at C13: An exhibition | A Proposition| A Playground | A House. FICA, New Delhi, April-May 2017. 

  • Video Wednesdays II ,Gallery Espace, New Delhi,Sept. 2012

  • Extending the Line, a group show at the Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, June-July 2012.

  • Portfolio show, Priyashri art gallery- studio, Baroda, may 2012.

  • Experimenta-Body as portrait, a show curated by Komal Pandey juxtaposing works of Bhupen Khakkhar and Shefalee Jain, at The faculty of Fine Arts exhibition hall, Baroda,April 2012.

  • The Big Baroda Show, Priyashri Art Gallery, Faculty of fine arts,Baroda, India.Nov. 2011

  • To Japan. From Baroda, a group show, Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, India. July 2011

  • ,a group show, kottayam public library art gallery, kerela, jan. 2011

  • Fly Vadodara Fly, a group show at Red Earth Gallery, Vadodara, India. Jan. 2011

  • Boxes and bookends, a group show, Strand Art Room, Bombay,Delhi, India . November 2010, Jan. 2011.

  • Cutting Chai, a group show, Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda, India. Oct. 2009.

  • Portraiture, a group show, Artflute in collaboration with Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore, India. June 2009.

  • Foundering Edges, a show of two artists, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U. Baroda, India. April 2009.

  • Multitudes, a group show, Zen Art Studio, Durbar Hall, Cochin, India. March 2009

  • Discursive Palette, a group show, Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, India. Jan. 2009

  • After Images, a group show, Faculty of Fine Arts,Baroda, India.Sept. 2007

  • Bodhi Art Award show, Bodhi Art Gallery, Bombay, India. June 2007

  • A group show, Tangerine Art Space, CKP , Bangalore, India. 2007

  • Parivritti, a group show, Kalahita Arts Foundation, Hyderabad, India. September 2006

  • Con-Figure, a group show, Hues Art Gallery, Chennai, India. June 2006.

  • Sprouts, a group show, Kaleidoscope Art Gallery, Baroda, India. Feb. 2006

 

CAMPS. RESIDENCIES, FELLOWSHIPS :

  • Apexart fellowship , New York, June 2015

  • Indian Atelier, Artists Residency Panjim, Goa,India. June 2012.

  • National workshop on ‘Illustration for children’, Eklavya and Sir Ratan Tata trust, Bhopal, 2006

  • Artists camp at Surat, India. April 2008 .

  • Kharaghoda Artists Camp, Gujarat, India. Dec.2007

  • Workshop on ‘Illustration for Children’, Uttarkashi, organized by Tara publishers, Chennai.

PUBLICATIONS, ILLUSTRATIONS and WORKSHOPS:

  • Illustrations, cover design and jacket design for Aditi ki Sahas Kathayen ,a set of eight children’s books (translated from English into Hindi and published by Eklavya, Bhopal),2010-12.

  • Jointly illustrated (with Lokesh Khodke) Mother, a poem by Kancha Illiah, as part of a project titled Different Tales: Stories from Marginal Cultures and Regional Languages. The project was conducted by Anveshi Research Centre for Women’s Studies, Hyderabad. A set of 25 children’s books in three languages were published by Mango, D C books, kottayam, kerela, 2008 as a result of this initiative.

  • Illustrations, cover design and jacket design for Adventures of Aditi and friends written by Suniti Namjoshi( a set of eight children’s books) published by Tulika, Chennai, 2005-07.

  • Ten, a counting book for children with Tulika Publishers, 2005. This book was later translated into English, Tamil and Malayalam.

  • National workshop on ‘Illustration for children’, Eklavya and Sir Ratan Tata trust, Bhopal, 2006.

  • Workshop on ‘Illustration for Children’, Uttarkashi, organized by Tara publishers, Chennai.

  • An art column for children in children's magazine Chakmak, published by Eklavaya, Bhopal. The column was called 'Chitron ki Bhasha'.  I introduced a different work of art (painting/sculpture/photography/installation)every month to the children through this column which I wrote and designed.

  • Illustrations for a story titled ‘Jeet Ka Jashn’ written by Rinchin in her book ‘Ajooba aur anya Kahaniyaan’ published by Eklavya, Bhopal. (2018, Dec)

  • A chapter titled ‘ Viklang: Performing language and cripping modernity through translation’ in the book Disability in Translation: The Indian Experience, by Shefalee Jain, volume edited by Someshwar Sati and G.J.V. Prasad, published by Routledge. 2019

  • Illustrations for a story titled ‘Mulakat’ written by Rinchin in her book ‘Chudail ka nashta aur anya kahaniyaan’ published by Eklavya, Bhopal. 2019 Dec.

  • Afternoon, (illustrated e-book, May 2020) an illustrated book by Shefalee Jain, published by BlueJackal, an independent comics and picture books collective, Nov. 2019. Shop for the book (print book) at the BlueJackal website.

  • Ek Philistini Shayad Kahe, (illustrated e-poem) . The poem is by Naomi Shihab Nye , translated by Anuradha Annanya, illustrations by Shefalee Jain., Published by BlueJackal, May 2020.

  • Illustrations for Adam, Ek Dopahar, a short story by Italo Calvino, translated by Madan Soni, published in Sandarbh Issue 128, Jun 2020, Eklavya , Bhopal.

  • Illustrations for Manzoor, a short by Geeta Dhurve, published in Chakmak, June 2020, Eklavya, Bhopal.