geetha thurairajah

geetha thurairajah (b. 1986) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her practice relies on allegory gleaned from art history, personal narrative and observations of modern life to recreate spaces that defy hierarchies of genre. thurairajah studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design and Wilfrid Laurier University. Recent exhibitions include Soothsay, Unit 17, Vancouver (2020); Migration is more momentous than ancient invasions, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery; No body to talk to, Invisible Exports, New York; Downward Flower, Fourteen30, Portland (all 2019); An Assembly of Shapes, Oakville Galleries (2018); Mingling with flowers panthers’ eyes, The New Gallery, Calgary; Here’s Looking at You, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm (both 2017) and Goodbye here no matter where, 8eleven, Toronto (2016).

News

current solo exhibition, Jack Barrett (NY), until 20 June 2021

forthcoming group exhibition, Suspended Disbelief, Arsenal Contemporary Art (Toronto), 14 June - 14 August 2021

Talks

Twilight Hour, Emily Carr University, 10 November 2020

Exhibitions

Residue (2019)

Soothsay (2020)

Sorry (2020)

Exophonic (2021)

Writing & Press

Artforum

Akimbo

Canadian Art

Editorial Magazine

 

Publications

to shape a sword (2017)

CV

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Migration is more momentous than ancient invasionsinstallation view, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

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Bloody Moon, 2018, installation view

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Bloody Moon, 2018, acrylic and oil on canvas, 122 x 107cm

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Migration is more momentous than ancient invasionsinstallation view, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

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Migration is more momentous than ancient invasionsinstallation view, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

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Migration is more momentous than ancient invasionsinstallation view, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

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I crawl on the ground and rise on a pillar, 2018, installation view

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I crawl on the ground and rise on a pillar, 2018, acrylic and oil on canvas, 122 x 107cm

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Migration is more momentous than ancient invasionsinstallation view, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

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If you're stuck in the past you're depressed and if you're fixated on the future you're anxious, 2018

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Power, Purging and Politics, 2018, installation view

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Power, Purging and Politics, 2018 (detail)

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Shadow Boxer, 2018, installation view

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E-A-R-T-H, 2018, installation view

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E-A-R-T-H, 2018, acrylic and oil on canvas, 122 x 107cm

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Born Again, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 101.6 x 40.6cm

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Onement, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 101.6 x 40.6cm

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Neophyte, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 101.6 x 40.6cm

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What do you mean I and II, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 101.6 x 40.6cm ea.

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No body to talk to, installation view, Invisible Exports (New York)

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Convergence, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 101.6 x 40.6cm

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Subtle Exchanges, 2019, acrylic on canvas, pine, 243.8 x 60.9cm

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We Work to Pay Bills, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 101.6 x 40.6cm

I heard you’re more intuitive if you use ‘I feel’ more…, 2017, acrylic and flash on canvas, 122 x 91cm

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In time we’ll learn we’re one in the same, 2017, acrylic and flash on canvas, 122 x 91cm

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Nightline, installation view, Pier 44 (New York)

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Nightline, installation view, Pier 44 (New York)

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A Kind of Existence After My Own Heart, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 91cm

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Finding Our Way Back, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 91cm

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It wasn't the right kind of performance and now we're not friends but I just heard from your sister, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 91cm

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We Left She Stayed, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 91cm

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Drink up 'cause Tahiti ain't free, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 91cm

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From Here You Look Different to Me, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 91cm

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Make It Rain, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 91cm

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hotlines, 2016

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hotlines, 2016 (detail)

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hotlines, 2016 (detail)

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Goodbye Here, No Matter Where, installation view, 8eleven (Toronto)

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Bound, 2015

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Casting Back, 2015

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Casting Back, 2015 (detail)

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To Keyt (with love), 2015

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To Keyt (with love), 2015 (detail)

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Cargo Fantasies, 2015

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Cargo Fantasies, 2015

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Passing of the Olive Branch, 2015

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Swimming for Idols, 2015