Karthik Pandian

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Karthik Pandian’s moving image and sculptural works have been shown in major museums, galleries, and biennial exhibitions around the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hammer Museum, Whitechapel Gallery, and the Palais de Tokyo.


Pandian makes works in moving image and sculpture. His process is defined by a particular approach to vision: how to recognize the play of time, labor, and meaning in artifacts, landscapes, and people. He works with a broad range of materials—from HD video, 35mm slide, and 16mm film to earth, wood, and bronze—to render that play more visible. Pandian has held solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Bétonsalon, Paris; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; and White Flag Projects, St. Louis, among others. His work was featured in the inaugural LA Biennial at the Hammer Museum and La Triennale: Intense Proximity at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris as well as in group exhibitions such as Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015 at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Film as Sculpture at Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; and the 4th Marrakech Biennial, Higher Atlas.

Pandian’s projects have been supported by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Institut Français, and the Durfee Foundation. In 2011, he received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. He holds an MFA from Art Center College of Design, a BA from Brown University, and has previously taught at the University of Chicago and Otis College of Art and Design. Pandian was a Bennington faculty member for academic years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.