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Krishna Luchoomun

b. 1962 in Mauritius.

Krishna Luchoomun is an artist, art lecturer and orginiser from Mauritius. He is the co-founder of pARTage, an artist led art organisation working for the promotion of contemporary art in Mauritius.

 

Because of its colonial past, Mauritius is an island where different cultural groups pretend to live together. Since my early childhood, I have been exposed to different customs and traditions and this has helped shape my awareness of the world, of what it means to be human and of the innate need that most of us have to connect – physically, emotionally and spiritually – with other human beings and with the natural world. This sensitivity is at the heart of my practice. I use clothing not only as a basic material, but essentially as a means of artistic expression to revisit both slavery and indentureship to explore issues pertaining to Identity, multiculturalism and nationhood. And linking these to the reality of today’s world in relation to life, culture, economy and politics of Mauritian society.

Art Education

Currently Senior Lecturer at M.G.I. School of Fine Arts
1990 M.A. in fine arts, Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, former USSR
Part-time lecturer, Visual Arts Department, Mauritius Institute of Education
Part-time lecturer, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mauritius
Part-time lecturer, IVTB School of design, Mauritius

Solo Exhibitions

2015 My Soviet years, French Cultural centre, Mauritius
2010 Doors, Imaaya gallery, Mauritius
2006 KULER RUZ&lt, gallery, Mauritius
2004 Charles Gounod Gallery, Reunion
2000 Plantage Dookland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000 Alliance Française, Mauritius
1991 Eureka House, Mauritius
1990 House of Friendship, Leningrad, Russia

Group Exhibitions

2017 pARTage International Artists Workshop, French Cultural centre
2017 Artistes des Iles de L`ocean Indien, La Region, Reunion
2017 Third Dot, Long Beach Hotel, Mauritius
2017 PORLWI by Nature, Mauritius
2017 Geumgang Nature Art Center, South Korea
2016 Mother Earth, Father Sky, Tsukuba Art Centre, Japan
2016 Borderline, Granary, Mauritius
2016 WE- Architecture, Korean Cultural centre Delhi, India
2016 METAFORM; Rogers House, Mauritius
2016 PORLWI by People, Mauritius
2015 First Mauritius Pavilion 56th Venice Biennale, Italy
2014 ARTchipelago, IFM, Mauritius
2013 IKARU, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa
2013 Offline, Portugal
2012 Thupelo, Johannesburg, South Africa
2012 Triangle 30 years, New York, USA
2011 CBK Zuidoost gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010 International workshop, AIFACS, India
2009 SADC meeting, Botswana
2008 Beijing 3rd Biennale, China
2007 insulART international exhibition, MGI, Mauritius
2006 Open Studios, Gasworks, London, UK
2006 Britto, Bangladesh
2005 2nd Biennale Beijing, China
2005 2nd East African Biennale, Tanzania
2004 pARTage International Artists Workshop, Mauritius
2003 Staedlijk Museum of Zwolle, The Netherlands
2003 Nicole Chabot and Krishna, Alliance Francaise, Mauritius
2003 Abiko Open Air exhibition, Abiko, Japan
2003 Latitude 2003, Municipality of Paris, France
2003 Karte postale, St Pierre, Reunion
2003 Modern Arts Museum, Windhoek, Namibia
2002 1st Triennial, Mauritius
2001 Slip Way Art Gallery, Dar-Es-Salam, Tanzania
1999 International artists` workshop, Nida, Lithuania
1999 World Print Triennial, Chamalieres, France
1999 MOBAA Millenium exhibition, Mauritius
1999 Escale International Exhibition, Eureka, Mauritius
1999 MOBBA Sequences, Le Caudan, Mauritius
1999 African contemporary Art, Beijing, China
1997 9th Triennial, India
1995 Africus, Johannesburg Biennial, South Africa
1995 Uecker Class, Dusseldorf, Germany
1994 World Prints Triennial, Chamalieres, France
1994 Werkhof gallery, Germany
1993 Bothnia Seascape, Oulu, Finland
1993 Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
1992 Biennial of Seychelles

Residencies & Workshops

1993 Seascape Symposium, Finland
1995 Uecker Workshop, Dusseldorf, Germany
1995 International Creole Festival, Reunion
1997 Gandhi Residential Artists Workshop, India
1998 Printmaking Workshop with H. Di. Rosa, French Cultural Centre
1999 Residential Workshop, Nida, Lithuania
2000 Printmaking Workshop, Reunion
2000 SADC Art and Crafts workshop, Namibia
2001 Thami Mnyele, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001 Raffiki International Artists` workshop, Tanzania
2003 Abiko Residential workshop, Japan
2004 pARTage Residential workshop, Mauritius
2005 2nd Beijing Biennale workshop, China
2006 Two Months residency at Gas works studios, London
2007 insulART workshop, Mauritius
2007 ESCALE 10 years later, Mauritius
2008 Britto international workshop, Bangladesh
2008 Beijing Biennale, China
2009 Indian diaspora workshop, Mauritius

Art Positions Held

2017 Head of International Jury, Seychelles Biennale
2016 International Jury Barclays, L`Atelier, Johannesburg
2011 International Jury Video Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2003 Co-founder of pARTage (association of Mauritian artists), Mauritius
Art organiser, Mauritius Examinations Syndicate, Mauritius
Art examiner, Mauritius Examinations Syndicate, Mauritius
Member of Arts Panel at Curriculum Research Center, Mauritius

Collections

Museum of U.S.S.R Academy of Fine Arts, Russia
State House of Republic of Mauritius, Mauritius
Prime Minister`s Office, Mauritius
Municipality of Port-Louis, Mauritius
Airport of Mauritius, Mauritius
The British Council, Mauritius
Bothnia Seascape Fund, Finland
The municipality of Salazie, Reunion
Bank National of Paris, Mauritius
Lalit Kala Academy Fund, India
Mauritius Offshore Banking Activities Authority, Mauritius
Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, France
Thami Mnyele Foundation, The Netherlands
Rafiki Foundation, Tanzania
Munich Re- Insurance (German Offshore), Mauritius
Avalon Golf Estate, Mauritius
Office of the president of India, India
International Financial Services, Mauritius
Mauritius Commercial Bank
Central Bank of Mauritius
Private Collections in France, Reunion, England, Russia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, India, The Netherlands, South Africa, Namibia, Belgium

Published Works & Critical Reviews

Salon d’Automne, France
Biennial of Seychelles, Seychelles
World Printstriennial, Chamalieres, France
World of Ex-Libris, Switzerland
Made in Mauritius, Germany
9th Trienniale, India
MOBAA, Mauritius
Artists of the World – Save the Children, Mauritius
MOBAA Millenium exhibition, Mauritius
Abiko 2003, Japan
Latitude 2003, Paris, France
pARTage workshop 2004, Mauritius
2nd Biennale, China
Art in Mauritius, Mauritius
Springerin, Austria
3rd Biennale, China
Ties, Mauritius
Venice Biennial