Rajkamal Kahlon interrogates the ideological positions of representation as they are linked to forms of racial and colonial authority. In her dialectical engagement with historical and contemporary text and image-based material, she critiques the will to “make” humans implicit in the visual practices backed by repressive regimes of power. She does this in part through the use of violent imagery framed by psychedelia and the human body turned grotesque through its traumatic encounters with colonialism, military rule, and torture.
Kahlon was a 2006 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture Award and is a current recipient of the 2007–10 recipient of the Lambent Fellowship. Kahlon’s work has been exhibited coast to coast at the Queens Museum, the Bronx Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California, as well as at the following New York-based exhibition organizations: White Box, Artists Space, and Apex Art. She also has exhibited internationally.
Kahlon’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Asia Pacific and The Brooklyn Rail.
Kahlon recently completed her first public artwork as part of the 2008 Emerging Artist Fellowship Program. She also is a past participant of the Whitney Independent Study Program and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Senior Lecturer, Fine Arts
BA, University of California, Davis; MFA, CCA