S Harsha (born 1969) lives and works in Mysore, India.
He was a recipient of the prestigious DAAD Scholarship in 2012, and was awarded the Artes Mundi Prize in 2008. Drawing on a broad spectrum of Indian painting traditions and popular arts, as well as the western canon, NS Harsha quietly creates philosophical, luminous works that reflect on geopolitical order and our ever-more technologically mediated relationship with the world.
In exquisitely rendered paintings, works on paper, wall and floor works, sculptures, site-specific installations and public projects, the Mysore-based artist examines structures, borders and barriers as a series of ever-shifting concepts, alluding to an interconnectedness that compels the viewer to consider their relationship to the art work as part of a wider conversation about systems of knowledge, belief and power.
Harsha's work entwines strands of personal biography with the shared narratives and broader socio-political scenarios of our at once macrocosmic and microcosmic world.
Harsha's tableaux may appear surreal, but they are really linked to the complex economic and cultural realities of contemporary life. Recent solo exhibitions and projects have taken place at international venues including the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2017); the Dallas Museum of Art (2015 - 2016); DAAD, as part of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program (2012 - 2013); INIVA, London (2009); and at Maison Hermes Tokyo (2008).
Harsha's work has featured in group exhibitions including the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2014); Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art (2013); Dojima Biennial, Osaka (2013); Adelaide International Biennial (2012); Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2012); the Yokohama Triennial (2011) and the Bienal de Sao Paulo (2010).
He was also a participant in the major touring exhibition Indian Highway, which was staged at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2008); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2009); Herning Art Museum, Denmark (2010); Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon (2011); MAXXI, Rome (2011-12).