Karthik Pandian is an artist who works in films, exhibitions and public interventions to unsettle the ground of history. He uses moving image, sculpture and performance to render the mythologies of the present through forgotten, fragmentary and futuristic pasts. Pandian has held solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Bétonsalon, Paris; and Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis amongst others. His work has been featured in numerous survey exhibitions such as the inaugural LA Biennial at the Hammer Museum; Okwui Enwezor’s La Triennale: Intense Proximity at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015, at Whitechapel Gallery, London. Pandian’s most recent project, Atlas Unlimited, a collaboration with choreographer Andros Zins-Browne, sculptor Zakaria Almoutlak and many others, culminated in a presentation at 80 Washington Square East in New York City in 2019 and Four Songs without Z, a commission by Triple Canopy released in the Spring of 2021. Pandian received his BA in Art Semiotics and Comparative Literature from Brown University and his MFA from Art Center College of Design. In AFVS, he teaches courses in video, sculpture, and performance.
Image: Karthik Pandian, Darkroom, 2008-9, Photo: Fredrik Nilsen