Shubigi Rao

b. 1975, Mumbai, India
Lives and works in Singapore

Artist and writer Shubigi Rao makes layered installations of books, etchings, drawings, pseudo scientific machines, metaphysical puzzles, video, ideological board games, garbage and archives, and has been exhibited and collected in Singapore and internationally. Her interests include archaeology, neuroscience, libraries, archival systems, histories and lies, literature and violence, ecologies and natural history.

Her immersive and tongue in cheek books, artworks, and installations range from creating archaeological archives of garbage, writing ‘How To’ manuals for building a nation and a culture from scratch, discovering and diagnosing peculiar forms of urban malaise, where digital dandruff and pixel dust accumulate like lint and cloud the contemporary brain, building immortal jellyfish, to pseudo museums, regenerating mechanisms of knowledge accumulation, storage, and destruction.

Her art, texts, films, and photographs look at current and historical flashpoints as perspectival shifts to examining contemporary crises of displacement, whether of people, languages, cultures, or knowledge bodies. As an artist, Rao’s films, art, texts, and photographs have critically, poetically and wittily examined the systems of knowledge that structure our world.

Since 2014 she has been visiting public and private collections, libraries and archives globally for ‘Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book’, a decade long film, book and visual art project about the history of book destruction. As an artist in residence at CCA, Gillman Barracks, Singapore, she released her first book from the project in January 2016. It was shortlisted for the biennial Singapore Literature Prize 2018 (non fiction).

Biography information from the artist’s website, June 2022

Country: Singapore
Additional Information: CV