My work inquires the social, cultural, political and anthropological concerns of population, environment, and existence by employing the tools of absurdity, uncertainty and randomness. I respond to my very direct surroundings and the ever-evolving nature of life and how nature and humans adapt to changing and sometimes hostile environment.
My work is an interface between drawing, painting, installation, video, sound and performance, inciting a discourse through personal issues leading to larger universal concerns, by the careful representation of objects and narratives rooted in temporal, ephemeral, and entropy. I use repetition, contradiction, paradox, metaphor and symbolism which pertains to the logic of absurd, where absurd is not seen as amusing, foolish or stupid, rather becomes the epistemology of perception and understanding. I focus on the notion of on-going, present and passing in the process of movement, change, growth, decay, death, birth, evolution and existence by creating immersive, interactive and time-based media.
Manjot is currently an artist in residence at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands for the session 2020-2021. She is the recipient of scholarship by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, New Delhi for a stand-alone residency in Unidee, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistolleto, Italy. She has received professional category Annual Award, Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi (State Academy of Art), Chandigarh, India, 2018; Sohan Qadri Fellowship, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi (State Academy of Art), Chandigarh, India 2017; Professional and Student Category Annual Award, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh, India, 2017 and 2012, respectively and Scholarship to Young Artists, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh, India in 2011. She was chosen by Hindustan Times as one of the Top 30 under 30 young achievers in 2017.
She has been an artist in residence at Unidee, Citadellarte – Fondazione Pistolleto, Italy for the year 2018 on full scholarship by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, New Delhi; Museo Casa Masaccio Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno (Italy) – a cross-institutional program with Clark House Initiative, Mumbai, India; Khoj International Artists’ Association – Peers18, New Delhi; Mythos – Land Art Biel/Bienne, Switzerland 2017; Gram Art Project - funded by FICA, India 2016; Harmony Art Foundation, Mumbai, India 2015; Global Nomadic Art Project, India 2015.
Her works are in the collection of Museo Casa Masaccio Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno (Italy), Govt. Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, India, Personal collection Prof. B. N. Goswamy, India and Tellusart, Sweden.