ABOUT

Streetlight is a spatial arts project at the intersections of art, design and architecture. The project is organized by Mrinalini Aggarwal as a collaborative enterprise for large scale art and design experiences.

Bio

Mrinalini (Supermrin) is an artist and arts organizer of Indian origin working at the intersections of architecture, art and design. Her practice is an anti-disciplinary exploration of space that seeks to reconsider the ways in which urban landscapes mediate human relationships. Supermrin led research and design at Abaxial Architects, India for 8 years before moving to California. She served as visiting faculty for the department of Exhibition Design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and has facilitated workshops on public art, place-making and community building. Supermrin has consulted on public projects in the Bay Area for artists and organizations such as Tom Loughlin & Facebook. She is the recipient of the graduate fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito and is also a 2018 fellow for the Emerging Arts Professionals.

Artist Statement

My practice involves an anti-disciplinary exploration of space - its qualities, potentialities, vacancies. I am interested in the relationships that develop within our human-animal narratives through the spaces we inhabit. I am interested in cities and the explosions of life that occupy, alter and manipulate urban architecture. I grew up in Delhi where public space is both precious and shared, often the only source of nurturance, stability and even freedom. Through a hybrid practice involving architecture, art and design, my works seek to re-consider the values that spaces offer and the ways through which they mediate human relationships.

I build large-scale, site specific installations that create emotional, embodied experiences of sacred, internal spaces. They are offerings of hope, wonderment and imagination; responding to the sometimes mundane, alienating and even devastating cityscapes that surround me. The works are the results of my experiments, disjointed in form, aesthetic and method, each a proposition or what if coming to life. The spaces I design often enter the realm of social practice, doubling as venues for workshops, performances and interventions that encourage human interactions.

EDUCATION
2015-2017 MFA, Studio Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, California
2003-2010 GDPD, Exhibition & Spatial Design, National Institute of Design, India
2007-2008 Student Exchange, Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqué, Paris, France

EXHIBITIONS
2017 - Willing: Large-scale installation, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2017 - MFA Exhibition: Large-scale site specific installation ‘Distance’, San Francisco Mint building, CA.
2017 - Encounters at the End of the World: Site-specific installation and art bar, SFAI Gala, The Original Disruptors.
2017 - Not Without My Sketches: Curatorial exhibition for the Diego CoLabs 2016 that included 11 collaborating artists showcasing in-process projects. Panel discussion on the theme of Social Practice.
2016 - Roommates: Installation ‘Distance’, Diego Gallery, San Francisco CA.
2016 - Binary Unbinding: Installation ‘Things in Colour, Shaking’, Swell Gallery, SF
2016 - Night&Day: Installation ‘Willing’, Diego Rivera Gallery, SF
2016 - Audible Landscapes of Mehrauli: Intensive public education workshop on creative place-making concluding in a community led public installation in collaboration with the Mehrauli Collective, Greha and 3x3 Design.
2016 - Diego CoLabs 2016: Designed and led a new platform to increase mentorship and collaborative projects within the student community and raised $2,000 for student artist honoraria.
2013 - Audible Landscapes, World Trade Centre, India: Art proposal for the public realm including the streets and landscapes of the park. Created public installations for the interior streets of the project.
2011 - India at 100, A Festival of Urbanity, India Habitat Centre: Curated and built urban space exhibitions towards a charter for the Equity, Ecology and Identity of Indian urbanity in collaboration with Abaxial Architects, New Delhi.
2011 - India at 100, Juried Exhibition: Designed the exhibition space and studio for India’s largest design competition in the private sector in collaboration with Abaxial Architects. 13 eminent architects & urban planners were invited to select the best design proposal for the World Trade Centre, Greater Noida.

WORK EXPERIENCE
Ongoing - Artist Residency, Headlands Centre for the Arts, Marin Headlands, CA: Awarded year-long Fellowship with studio at the Marin Headlands with an exhibition scheduled for July 2018
2017 - Assistant, Exhibitions and Public Programs, Walter and McBean Galleries: Organised, created, and managed programs and events for the exhibition A Living Thing by Mel Ziegler at the gallery. Work with the Exhibitions and Public Programs team to install shows, communicate with artists and further the SFAI artist residency programs.
2015-2016 - Co-Director for the Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco CA: Organised, managed, and curated over 30 exhibitions in SFAI's student exhibition space.
2015 - Visiting Faculty, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India
2013 - Druk White Lotus School, Shey, Ladakh: Created a proposal for strengthening social enterprise through community building projects amongst students and faculty residing at the school. 
2007-2015 - Lead Designer, Abaxial Architects, New Delhi, India: Conceptualised, designed and implemented architectural projects at all scales. Worked with large teams of professionals to guide core project values and processes. Produced concept publications for key architectural projects.

Exhibition Design - Conceptualised & built several exhibitions for the promotion of Indian crafts and artisan communities for the NGO Dastkari Haat Samiti including Akshara that travelled to Mumbai, Cairo and Paris and was exhibited at the UNESCO headquarters, in Paris in September 2013.

Commercial Architecture - Responsible for establishing key socio-cultural, artistic and design perspectives within large scale architectural projects - Designed the atrium of the World Trade Centre, Manesar and the master plan and architectural imagery of WTC Greater Noida.

Residences - Designed several residences across the country including Dehradun (2015), Noida (2014), Greater Kailash (2011), Noida (2011). Designed and built an orphanage for 80 street children for the Salaam Baalak Trust in Najafgarh as a participatory project with resident children.

Research - Established a Research and Ideation Cell, ‘Id8’ to engage with urban design theory and implement learnings for on-ground commercial projects. Projects included Architecture, Practice & Academia, a qualitative survey of perceptions of architecture amongst 100 Delhiites that resulted in a short film previewed at the ‘Architects Retreat’, Ahmedabad and Membrana, Revisiting the Intersections between Nature and Urbanity, a comprehensive study of the River Yamuna in Delhi and its stakeholders.

Mentorship - Developed training modules for interns and young professionals in architecture and design thinking in collaboration with faculty from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India.

Awards
2017 - Graduate Fellowship Residency Award, Headlands Centre for the Arts
2017 - $1200 artist award towards creating an art bar for SFAI Gala
2015 - $80,000 Merit Fellowship, San Francisco Art Institute
2012 - Travel Scholarship awarded by Abaxial, New Delhi for travel across the Indian subcontinent for the duration of 1 year to explore traditional architectural and cultural influences, traditional philosophies and local communities.
2007-2008 - Merit Scholarship, Embassy of France, 6 month scholarship for Spatial Design at Ecole Boulle, Paris
2002 - Merit Scholarship, student exchange, Herschel School, Cape Town

Publications
2016 - ArtSlant, exhibition review, Night&Day
2014 - Tapovan Residence featured in Design Today, (July 2014)
2012 - Akshara Exhibition featured in Roof and Facade, Singapore
2008 - Book cover, Baron Rogers, Fables Senegalese first published in 1821, republished in 2008 by L’Harmattan Paris, Montreal.
2007 - Book Cover & Graphic Art The Sarai Reader, Turbulence published in 2007 by Sarai.