atul bhalla

Prof. Atul Bhalla

Visual Artist and Professor of Visual Art
HoD. Department of Art and Performing Arts
Shiv Nadar Institute of Eminence
Delhi NCR



1990               Master in Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
                       School of Art, Northern Illinois University. USA.

1987               Bachelor in Fine Arts (B.F.A)
                       College of Art, Delhi University, New Delhi. India


On Going 

2022-24                     False clouds and Real Deluges

                                   World Weather Network. 28North Parallel KHOJ Studios. New Delhi. 




2023                            Auscultation -  False Clouds and Real Deluges-I. Vadehra Art Gallery, NewDelhi. India

2018                          Anhedonic Dehiscence.Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. India

2016                          Adrift (On Dvaipayana). Light-box Gallery, Harvard Art Museums.Harvard University. MA.USA.

                                  Looking for lost water. Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Rome. Italy.

2015                          You always step into the same river. SepiaEYE. New York. USA

2014                         Ya ki kuch aur’ (It’s always about something else), Vadehra Art Gallery. New Delhi. India

2011                          On the edge. Works from 2009 -11. Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. India

                                  Water works. Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA. USA

                                   I was not waving but drowning. Installation at Harvard Art Museums MA.USA

2009                 another sweat. Project 88, Mumbai, Anant Art Centre, NOIDA. India

2008                          Within / Without. AICON Gallery, London. UK.  

2007                          Remarking the river. Project 88, Mumbai and Anant Art Centre, NOIDA. India

2005                          Immersions. Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, India.

                                  Monographic exhibition of recent works, KHOJ-International Artists  Association, New Delhi, India




2023                          Harvard Radcliffe Institute- Water Stories Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia.

                                  Initiative Mittal Climate Initiative Visiting Artist 2023

2022-23                     False Clouds and Real Deluges World Weather Network + Khoj International Artist Association, 28N Parallel.

                                   Yearlong project on Climate Change. June 2022-June 2023

2020                           Artist in Residence, South Asia Society, Cornell University NY USA

                                   The waters will remember- Kala Chaupal, Avichal Foundation One month residency at Dharmaj, Khambhat. Study migrations.

                                   Display at Rhodesia House 10 January 2020

2019                           European Union Erasmus + Staff Mobility for teaching at Heidelberg University. June 8-July 8 2019.

                                   Invitation by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja, Chair of Global Art History Heidelberg University and Prof Christiane Brosius,

                                   Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology. Heidelberg University, Germany.

                                   A Time For Farewells – Residency at Haverford College. PA .USA Curation Premjish Achari

2018                           Excavated Distance of Gold. Installation at the Chamber of Mines, WITS University, as part of Waters Edge.

                                   University of Witwatersrand (WITS). ARA Mellon Fellow (Artistic Research Africa) Johannesburg. South Africa.

                                   Invited by Dr. Lenore Manderson, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University,USA

                                   Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology, School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

2013                           ‘The Wake’. Commission for the Heritage Transport Museum, National Capital region, New Delhi. India Curation Priya Pall

2012                           Nirox Foundation. South Asia Institute, Witwatersrand University, (WITS) Johannesburg. South Africa, 

2011                           Yamuna-Elbe project. Hamburg-Delhi. Site-specific Installations on the       Elbe in Hamburg and at the Yamuna in Delhi

2010                           Listener from West Heavens. Place-Time-Play. India China Contemporary Art. Shanghai, China. Curation Chaitanya Sambrani

2009                          Prohelvetia – Swiss Arts Council, International Artists Residency – IAAB Studios, Basel, Switzerland

2007                          Eco + Art. River Yamuna-based Residency, KHOJ, New Delhi, India

2006                          Dilli dur ast, Old Delhi-based Residency, KHOJ, New Delhi, India


Participations In Curated Shows (selected)


2023                          Water Stories : River Godesses, Ancestral Ritesand Climate Crisis, on view at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA.

                                  Curation - Jinah Kim                 

2022                          Unstill Waters, Contemporary Photography from India Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Asian Art. Washington, USA. Curation by

                                  Dr.Carol Huh

                                  Naya Anjor. Curation Arushi Vats Anant Art Gallery . Bikaner house, New Delhi

                                  On Purpose. Vadehra Art Gallery . New Delhi

                                  19 th Asian Art Biennale Dhaka Bangladesh -Curation Monjour Ahmed

                                  Chance Chaos Catharsis- Curation Jesal Thacker .Studio Art Gallery new Delhi

                                  Our Blue Planet - Global Visions of Water -Seattle Art Museum 2022.

                                   Human Tides | Video Programme as part of Open City Joburg. Lara Koeseff South Project. Johannesburg South Africa


2019                          On the edge of the sea. Installation at Senate House, Chennai Photo Biennale.  Curation Pushpmala.N

                        A Time For Farewells -  Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College Haverford College. PA .USA. Curation Premjish Achari


2018                          Photo Fest Biennale – Showcased Artist, Houston, TX, USA.

                                  Asymmetrical Objects,. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Mumbai. India. Curation Tasneem Mehta Zakaria


2017                         Looking for Lost water.  1st Kuala Lumpur Biennale KL, Malaysia

                                 Water Wisdom- India Australia. RIMT Melbourne Australia. Curation Helen Rayment and Susan Davies

                                Unfiltered: An Exhibition About Water. Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut. CT. USA

                                Part Narratives. Bikaner House. New Delhi, India. Curation Gayatri Sinha

                                Part Narratives. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Mumbai, India. Curation Gayatri Sinha

                                A Preview to Desolation. Italian Cultural Centre. New Delhi, India. Curation Premjish Achari

                                Things are vanishing –. Kalakriti festival, Hyderabad,India. Curation Premjish Achari

                                Project Space –India Art Fair ’Meri haar kya Hogi? New Delhi, India


2016                         Photo Fest Biennale – Showcased Artist, Houston, TX, USA

                                 The Eye and The Mind. New Interventions in Indian Art’ NGMA, New Delhi., India

                                 Imagined Futures Reconstructed Pasts. Anant Art, Bikaner House. New Delhi, India Curation Meera Menezes


2015                        Off the record. Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India. Curation Bhooma Padmanabhan

                                Looking In /Looking out. Contemporary Indian Photography from The Gaur Collection. Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Art and

                                Design, USA      

                                One and one make eleven. Contemporary art from India, Kunsthaus Langenthal. Switzerland. Curation Eveline Suter


2014                        Q.I. I see sustainable. Museo MADRE, Naples, Italy

                                The Other and Me. 30 Contemporary Photographers from Asia, Sharjah Art Museum. Sharjah, UAE

                                Floating World. Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, IndiaCuration Geeta Kapur                                                                                

                                ‘Walk on’. From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff - 40 years of art-walking. Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, PMG, London, NGCA  Sunderland,

                                 Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK

                                 Fresh water.  Fundación Cidade da Cultura de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain


2013                         Water, Europalia, Liège. Belgium. Curation Gayatri Sinha

                                ‘The artist will be defeated by the art world’. Sarai-Reader 09. With Meera Menezes. Devi Art Foundation. NCR. India.  

                                Towards a new world - 4 artists from India between memory and globalization, Artopia Gallery, Milan. Italy

                                Peak Shift Effect. Vadehra Art Gallery. New Delhi. India. Curation Gayatri Sinha


2012                         Critical Mass. Contemporary Art from India, Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Israel. CurationTami Katz-Frieman and Rotem Ruff

                                 Urban Myths and Realities. Empire Shrine Gallery. New Delhi. India. Curation Oindrilla Maity


2011                         Beyond the self. Contemporary portraiture from Asia, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Australia. Curation Christine Clarke

                                 Paris-Delhi-Bombay - India though the eyes of Indian and French artists, Centre Pompidou. Curation Sophie Duplaix and Fabrice Bosteau. 

                                 Home Spun. Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi. India. Curation Girish Shahane


2010                         West Heavens. Place-Time-Play – India-China Contemporary Art, Shanghai. China. Curation Chaitanya Sambrani, Johnson Chang.

                                 Water.  Andrew W. Mellon Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, NJ.USA Curation Donna Gustafsson.


2009                         4th Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka. Japan.

                                 Living off the Grid. Anant Art Centre, NOIDA, India Curation Meera Menezes,

                                 Immersions. Anant Art Centre, NOIDA, India. Curation Deeksha Nath

                                 In Focus. Contemporary Indian Photography. Crimson - The Art Resource, Bangalore, India.


2008                         India Moderna, IVAM Institute of Modern Art, Valencia. Spain Curation Juan Guardiola

                                 Video Zone-4. 4th International Video Art Biennial, Israel.  Curation Sergio Edelsztein and Rotem Ruff

                                 Where in the world? Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon. India. Curation Kavita Singh

                                 Public Places/Private Spaces. Contemporary Indian Photography & Video, Newark Museum. Curation Gayatri Sinha, Paul Sternberger

                                 Creative Emergencies. Mar Museo D’ Arte Della Citta Di Ravenna, Italy. Curation Maria Livia Brunelli and SilviaCirelli

                                 Still Moving Image Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India. Curation Deeksha Nath                                       


2007                        City. Cite. Site.  Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, India. Curation Latika Gupta

                                Relocating Masculinities, School of Art and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. India. Curation Mohd.

                                 Ahmad Sabih, Rahul Dev, Srinayani and T.Sanatilanan


2006                        Watching me watching India. Fotographie Forum, Frankfurt. Germany  


2005                        Self x social, School of Art and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. India. Curation Geeta Kapoor


Museum Collections


  •                    Smithsonian Collection. Washington DC. USA
  •                    Harvard Art Museum. Cambridge, USA
  •                    Devi Art Foundation. Gurgaon, India
  •                    Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
  •                    Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. New Delhi, India
  •                    The Spencer Museum of Art. University of Kansas, KA. USA
  •                    Bindu -The Gaur Collection- New Jersey, USA


List of invited talks



  • On the Edge -Seminar Atul Bhalla, Mittal Climate Initiative Visiting Artist seminar.Harvard University Cambridge. USA
  •  Have you ever seen the river? Atul Bhalla, Mittal Climate Initiative Visiting Artist Talk . Harvard University. Cambridge, USA
  •  Artist Talk +Panel discussion You always step into the same river. Smithsonian National Museum of Asia Art Washington DC. USA
  •  Gallery Walk- You always step into the same river Smithsonian National Museum of Asia Art Washington DC. USA
  •  Artist Talk You always step into the same river NIAS Amsterdam
  •  Artist Talk. Anhedonic Dehiscence. JSLA Jindal Global University Sonipat NCR.India
  •  You always step into the same river -Knowledge Festival Bodoland University. Kokrajhar Assam
  •  Methodologies of witnessing. .Panel discussion Anant Art Gallery . Bikaner house, as part of Naya Anjor. Curation Arushi Vats
  •  Water – HCTS Heidelberg University. Monica Juneja. Online



  •  Artist Talk -Emami Art Mentorship Programme 2020
  • You always step into the same river. Artist Talk. A Time For Farewells Haverford College. PA, USA
  • You always step into the same river. Artist Talk. School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL. USA
  • You always step into the same river. Visiting artist and scholar lecture series .Department of Art And Art History. East Lansing, Michigan State University. MI. USA



  • The lowest depths: Partition through objects of fictitious togetherness/Fictitious objects of togetherness Workshop -Re-creating certitude. The aesthetics of history in art and photography collections in a transoceanic perspective. Global Studies. Aarhus University. Denmark.
  • Excavated Distance of Gold Illustrated talk for Waters Edge at the Chamber of Mines. University of Witwatersrand. (WITS), Johannesburg, South Africa.ARA Mellon Fellow (Artistic Research Africa)



  • Artist Talk. South Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, CA. USA
  •  Artist Talk. Dept. of Art. University of California, Merced.CA. USA.
  • CISA Artist Talk. Dept. of Art History, University of California. CA.USA.


  • Artist Talk. 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore. Karnataka. India
  •  Panel Talk at ‘South Asian Art-Global publics and politics’, New York University. NY. USA
  • ‘In conversation with Atul Bhalla, New York University’, Urban Democracy Lab, New York University. NY. USA
  • Artist Talk. Nelson Atkins Museum. Kansas City, KA.USA
  • Artist Talk. Spencer Museum. Kansas University, KA.USA
  • Artist Talk. T C Colley lecture series. Rhode Island School of Design. RI.USA


  • Panel Talk and book release of “You always step into the same river?’ Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
  • Illustrated Talk as part of the Symposium ‘Spaces for water’. Nehru Memorial Library and Museum, New Delhi. India



  • DIVA lecture. University of Witwatersrand. (WITS), Johannesburg, South Africa


  • Artist Talk. Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College. Easton. PA. USA
  • Through the artist’s lens: Exploration of the photographic works of Atul Bhalla. Sackler Museum, Harvard Art Museums. Cambridge MA.USA
  • Panel discussion, In conversation with Atul Bhalla, Sackler Museum Harvard Art Museums with Sugata Bose, James Wescoat, Deborah Martin Kao. Sackler Museum, Harvard Art Museums. Cambridge MA.USA
  • Artist Talk. College of Art. Banaras Hindu University. Varanasi. UP. India




  • Artist Talk – Yamuna -Elbe Project. Max Mueller Bhavan. New Delhi. India




1994                                                   Honorable Mention, National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
1991                                                   Painting Award, Yuva Mahotsav, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
1990                                                   Best Graduate Painting Award, Northern Illinois University, Illinois, USA
1988-90                                              Tuition Waiver, Northern Illinois University, Illinois, USA


List of publications


Monographs and Catalogues by Galleries


  • Atul Bhalla ‘You always step into the same river’ - (Vadehra Art Gallery, 2014)
  • Atul Bhalla ‘Yamuna Walk’ - Atul Bhalla. Sepia EYE Publications. University of Washington Press, 2012
  • Atul Bhalla ‘What will be my defeat?’ - Atul Bhalla (Galerie für Landschaftskunst. Hamburg, 2013)
  • Atul Bhalla ‘In Another Sweat’- Atul Bhalla (Anant Art Gallery. New Delhi 2009)
  • Atul Bhalla ‘Immersions’ - Atul Bhalla (AICON Art Gallery. London 2008)
  • Atul Bhalla ‘Immersions’ - Atul Bhalla (Anant Art Gallery. New Delhi 2007)






  • Infrastructure and Form. Karin Zitzevitz University of California Press.
    Bhalla, Atul: overview, Page 14-15; and art infrastructures, Pages 185-86;
    and displacement of the viewer's attention, pages 182, 184; in 48°C
    Public.Art. Ecology (2008 International Public Art Festival, Khoj), pages 180,
    229; 186; and tactility/the haptic, page 185; water infrastructure as focus of,
    pages 180, 182-84, 185-86. Works: I was not waving but drowning II (2005
    series), 182, 183, 185; Mumbai Walk, 183; The Yamuna Project (2007 two-
    per- son Khoj residency pages 163, 180, 186; Yamuna Walk (2007), pages
    183-84, 185, 185.

  • Can Art History be made Global. Meditation from the Periphery. Monica Juneja
    De Gruyter.2023 Pg 236-244


    Bhalla A. You always step into the same river. In Liquescent Materiality: Water in Global South Asia, (1500-2000). Page 276. Edited By Venugopal Madipatti and Sugata Bose. New Delhi: Routledge 2019


  • Bhalla A. River. In Shifter, 22 nd issue, Dictionary of the possible. Edited by Rit Shrestha Premnath and Avi Alpert ( dictionary-of-the-possible)
  • Bhalla A. What will be my defeat? - Published by - GFLK Galerie für Landschaftskunst. Hamburg, Germany.2013
  • Bhalla A. Yamuna Walk –. SepiaEYE publications. University of Washington Press, Seattle and London. 2012
  • Rethinking Place in South Asian and Islamic Art, 1500-Present –Oct 2016 by Deborah S. Hutton  (Editor), Rebecca M. Brown  (Editor)
  • West Heavens - Place-Time-Play. Exhibition Catalogue. Curated by Chaitanya Sambrani, Commissioner –Johnson Chang,.pg 58-63, 156, 155. 2012
  • Critical Mass. Contemporary Art from India. Exhibition Catalogue. Curated by Tami Katz-Frieman Rotem Ruff .pg 58-63, 156, 155. 2012
  • Home Spun Devi Art Foundation. Exhibition Catalogue. Curated by Girish 49-50. 2011
  • Paris-Delhi-Bombay. Centre Pompidou. Exhibition Catalogue. Curated by Sophie Duplaix and Fabrice Bousteau . Essay Nancy Adjania pg. 69.70,156-159.
  • Indian Subway. Exhibition Catalogue, Curated by Yashodhara Dalmia. Vadehra Art Gallery. New Delhi. India
  • Living Off The Grid. Exhibition Catalogue, Curated and edited by Meera Menezes. Anant Art Gallery. New Delhi. India
  • A Monumental Tour. Exhibition Catalogue, Curated and Edited by Seon Ryerong CHO. pg. 11 and pg 21-24. Coreana Museum Of Art. Seoul.Korea.
  • Khoj Book, edited by Pooja Sood, A phenomenology of encounters at KHOJ, by Geeta Kapur; pg. 65-67. And pg. 584-589. Collins/ Harper Collins Publishing, India.
  • Art and Visual Culture in India, edited by Gayatri Sinha; Language of an idealized revolt, by Deeksha Nath; pg. 262.Marg Publications
  • The 4 th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2009, pg.18, Where is the Tomorrow, pg.38, pg.147, pg.155, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
  •  In Focus ‘Contemporary Indian photography’, Crimson ‘the art resource’, Bangalore, India, 2009
  • Immersions, Anant Art Gallery, Curated by Deeksha Nath, April-May 2009, New Delhi, NOIDA.
  • Mutant Beauties, Curated by Gayatri Sinha, Anant Art Gallery, Noida, New Delhi, November 2008-January 2009, pg.3, pg.18 - 21
  • Video Zone – 4, Pg. 243,245,
  • India Moderna – IVAM, pg. 309, Institute of Modern Art, Valencia.Spain, 2008
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