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Shubigi Rao

Shubigi Rao (b. 1975, India) is an artist and writer who makes layered installations of books, etchings, drawings, pseudo-scientific machines, metaphysical puzzles, video works, ideological board games, and archives. These often immersive and tongue-in-cheek works demonstrate her diverse interests in subjects such as archaeology, neuroscience, libraries, archival systems, histories and lies, literature and violence, ecologies, and natural history. Since 2014, Rao has been visiting libraries and archives globally to gather research for a decade-long film, book, and art project about the history of book destruction, entitled Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book. The first portion of the project, 'Written in the Margins' won the Juror's Choice Award at the APB Signature Prize 2018. The first book from the project has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize 2018.

Shubigi Rao graduated from Delhi University, India, in 1996, with a BA (Hons) in English Literature, followed by a BA and MA in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, in 2006 and 2008 respectively. She recently completed a residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. Rao has recently presented solo exhibitions at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; National Museum of Singapore (2017–2018); Grey Projects, Singapore; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore. She has also recently participated in notable group exhibitions at the Villa Vassilieff, Paris, France; Objectifs Gallery, Singapore (2016); DUCTAC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore; Curating Lab, NUS Museum, Singapore; Bermondsey Gallery, London, UK (2015); and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore. Rao has also been featured at international biennials and festivals such as the 10th Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan (2016); 3rd Pune Biennale, Pune, India (2017); Singapour en France–Le Festival, France (2015); Digital Arts Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark (2013); 2nd Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition (2012), Tehran, Iran; and the 2nd Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2008). Her numerous publications include Written in the Margins (2017); Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book; Vol. I of V (2016); and History’s Malcontents: The Life and Times of S. Raoul (2013). Rao lives and works in Singapore.

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Shubigi Rao (b. 1975, India) is an artist and writer who makes layered installations of books, etchings, drawings, pseudo-scientific machines, metaphysical puzzles, video works, ideological board games, and archives. These often immersive and tongue-in-cheek works demonstrate her diverse interests in subjects such as archaeology, neuroscience, libraries, archival systems, histories and lies, literature and violence, ecologies, and natural history. Since 2014, Rao has been visiting libraries and archives globally to gather research for a decade-long film, book, and art project about the history of book destruction, entitled Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book. The first portion of the project, 'Written in the Margins' won the Juror's Choice Award at the APB Signature Prize 2018. The first book from the project has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize 2018.

Shubigi Rao graduated from Delhi University, India, in 1996, with a BA (Hons) in English Literature, followed by a BA and MA in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, in 2006 and 2008 respectively. She recently completed a residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. Rao has recently presented solo exhibitions at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; National Museum of Singapore (2017–2018); Grey Projects, Singapore; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore. She has also recently participated in notable group exhibitions at the Villa Vassilieff, Paris, France; Objectifs Gallery, Singapore (2016); DUCTAC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore; Curating Lab, NUS Museum, Singapore; Bermondsey Gallery, London, UK (2015); and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore. Rao has also been featured at international biennials and festivals such as the 10th Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan (2016); 3rd Pune Biennale, Pune, India (2017); Singapour en France–Le Festival, France (2015); Digital Arts Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark (2013); 2nd Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition (2012), Tehran, Iran; and the 2nd Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2008). Her numerous publications include Written in the Margins (2017); Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book; Vol. I of V (2016); and History’s Malcontents: The Life and Times of S. Raoul (2013). Rao lives and works in Singapore.

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