Shivangi Ladha

Visual Artist

Shivangi is a practicing artist and has done her specialization in MA Printmaking from Royal College of Art, London in 2016. Prior to this, she did MFA (2012 – 14) in Fine Arts from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London and graduated with BFA from College of Art, Delhi University in 2012. Along with the technical knowledge of Print (etching, lithography, screen print) her studio practice also includes research within the broad context of art.

Her works asks an important question to all of humanity: why do we restrict ourselves so much to our bodies and mind, that we don’t think of anything that can exist beyond matter? Forcing us to differentiate between gender, sexuality, race, caste, creed, disability and class. Even if, at the end of the day we are all the same and ‘one’ from within. Millions of people around the world are dying because of war, poverty, diseases, divisive violence on the grounds of religion, politics, power, corruption and greed. There’s exploitation of wealth, hypocrisy of states, cookery of politics over human existence and the threat of our world being in a natural state of destruction from mother earth.

For her recent project, she Interviewed survivors of acid attack throughout the world and responded to their stories by using acid to etch their portraits into zinc plates. With these prints, her aim was to raise awareness about domestic abuses and violence that these women faced. In these series instead of using acid as a destructive tool, she used it as an agent of creation and tried to bring the beauty that lies within each of those individuals.

Her work has been widely exhibited Internationally including E/AB Art Fair NY, Art Rooms International Contemporary Art Fair London, New/Prints Winter Exhibition at International Print Centre New York, Young Subcontinent, Serendipity Art Fair India, Fragmented Identities: the gendered roles of Women in Art Through the Ages, Mead Museum, Massachusetts to name a few.

She was the 2018 receipt of the Financial Grant from Lalit kala Academy, India, 'Artist Development Residency Award', IPCNY 2018, Finalist of Print Making Scholarship at Manhattan Graphic Prints Centre 2018, 'Anthony Dawson Young Printmaker Award ' Second Prize 2017, 'Jerwood Drawing Prize' 2014, and 'Long List Signature Art Prize' 2015. Her works are also part of a permanent collection at Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, Royal College of Art’s and Print Archives, London and Mead Museum, U.S.A