Manjot Kaur works with a wide range of media including Books Arts, Installation, Video (2D animation and time lapse) and Sound, inquiring the socio-political /// anthropological concerns of environment, identity and existence by employing the tools of absurdity, uncertainty, and randomness. The basis of her art practice is to understand the ever-evolving nature of life around us and how nature and humans adapt to changing and sometimes hostile environment. Her work is an interface between science, nature, perception, and scale, inciting a discourse on the social, cultural and personal issues, through the careful representation of objects and narratives rooted in temporal, ephemeral, and entropy.
She focuses into the notion of on-going, the present and the passing in the process of movement, change, growth, decay, death, birth, evolution, existence, and identity to generate a feeling of being alive in the fast-growing changing times.
She uses repetition, contradiction and paradox as a device to represent quotidian compulsions and the capacity to turn one thing into a multitude of experiences, viewpoints, and impressions. Her drawings often pertain to the logic of absurd, where absurd is not seen as amusing, foolish or stupid rather as the epistemology of perception and understanding.
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 (State Academy of Art), Chandigarh, India, 2017 and 2012, respectively and Scholarship to Young Artists, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi (State Academy of Art), 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.