Manjot’s work navigates between drawing, painting and time-based media to construct imaginative, fictitious and abstract narratives that build between the socio-political realities and the sovereignty of nature.
Her practice involves questions that point towards understanding the process of generation, regeneration and reproduction both in human and non-human species. She is committed to a post-human vision of the planet in which natural landscapes too have a lived reality and deserve the right to be represented as protagonists in narratives.
She employs the tools of absurdity, uncertainty and randomness, repetition, contradiction, paradox, metaphor and symbolism to create her visual language. Her work pertains to the logic of absurd, where absurd is not seen as amusing, foolish or stupid, rather becomes the epistemology of perception and understanding of environment that we inhibit as a species.
Her works deal with the legacy of landscapes while responding to her very direct surroundings and the ever-evolving nature of life and how nature and humans adapt to changing and sometimes hostile environments. And questions the very nature of the air that we breather, the water that we drink and the food that we eat.
She proposes to create mental space where one can think about future generational justice and related responsibilities.
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.