Pooja  Iranna





Brief Bio:  

Born in Delhi in 1969, Pooja Iranna received her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Painting from The Delhi College of Art, New Delhi. Pooja has been the recipient of the prestigious Charles Wallace India trust for the year 2002 and was the finalist for Celeste prize finalists show, New York in 2010.

Pooja has held a number of solo shows that include the recently held exhibition ‘Silently… A Proposed Plan for Re-Thinking the Urban Fabric’, Aicon Art Gallery, New York (on-hold) &, Bikaner House, New Delhi (2020); ‘In the Waves and Underneath’, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, (2010); ‘Of Human Endeavor’, The Guild, Mumbai, essay by Deeksha Nath (2009); ‘Metaphorical Mathematics’, Karnataka Chithrakala Parishath, Bangalore, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai and at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi, essay by Peter Nagy (2003 – 04); ‘Reflections’, Wimbledon College of Arts, London (2002); ‘House of Cards’, Art Inc., New Delhi, essay by Roobina Karode (1999); ‘Paper Works’, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi (1996).

Pooja has been part of many museum and institutional exhibitions that include, ‘The Urban Re-imagined’, curated by Ravi Agarwal, Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa (2018); ‘Negotiation in Contested Space’,  The Guild, Mumbai and Art Heritage, New Delhi (2017); 7th Bharat Bhawan Biennial of Contemporary Art, Bhopal (2013); ‘The Eye And The Mind: New Interventions in Contemporary Art’, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China and National Gallery of Modern Art, India (2015 – 16); ‘Retina-Rome Video Art Festival’, Macro Contemporary Art Museum of Rome (2015); ‘Working Space Around Memory and Perception’, curated by Roobina Karode, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi (2015); ‘My Memory, Your History: Narratives on The North’, curated by Priya Pall, Birla Academy of Art  and Culture, Kolkata (2015); ‘The C(H)hroma Show’, SKE Projects, Bangalore (2014); ‘Nothing, No Thing!’, Art Stage Singapore (2014) curated by Bose Krishnamachari;  ‘Imagining the Past, Envisioning the Future’, curated by Priya Pall, Transport Museum, Manesar, Gurgaon (2013); ‘Up and Above the World, Contemporary South Asian photography’, AICON Gallery, New York (2013); 15th Asian Art Biennale, Indian Pavilion, Bangladesh (2012 – 13); ‘Cynical Love: Life in the Everyday’, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), Noida (2012); ‘Time Unfolded’, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi (2012); ‘The Intuitive: Logic Revisited’, from the Osians Collection at The World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland (2011); ‘New Indian Film And Animation’, Institute of Contemporary Arts Lasalle, Singapore in Collaboration with  The Guild; ‘Palimpsest, Exploring Compound Identities in Contemporary South Asian Art’, AICON Gallery, New York  (2011); International Streaming Festival, 6th Edition, The Hague, Netherlands (2010); ‘Liquid Cities & Temporary Identities’, Video Art & Architecture Event, Netherlands (2010); India Revealed, curated by Antonio Manfred, at Cam- Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples (2007).

The artist lives and works in New Delhi.



1969  Born in New Delhi, India.
          Lives and Works in New Delhi.


1995  M.F.A. In Painting, College Of Art, New Delhi
1991  B.F.A. In Painting, College Of Art, New Delhi.





2010            In The Waves And Underneath, Palette  Art Gallery, New Delhi.

2009            Of Human Endeavor, The Guild, Mumbai, Essay By Deeksha Nath.

2003-2004   Metamorphic Mathematics, At Chitra Kala Parishat,B’lore, The Guild Art  Gallery, Mumbai                       
                    And At Sridharani Gallery, Delhi, Essay By Peter Nagy.

2002            Reflections, Wimbledon School Of Art, London,

1999            House Of Cards, Art Inc, New Delhi, Essay By Roobina Karode.

1996            Paper Works, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi.




2013           Spell of Spill, The Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
2 + 2 = 5, The Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

2012            Cynical Love: Life in the Everyday,curated by gayatri sinha, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), Noida, India.

2012            The Contemporary Sultanate,curated by Veerangana Solanki for exhibit 320, New Delhi.

2011            Fragility, curated by rakhee balram ,art alive,gurgaon, India

2011            Fragile, 1x1 gallery, Dubai

2011            In you is the Illusion of each day, curated by Maya Kovskaya, Latitude 28, New Delhi.

2011            Fabular Bodies,curated by gayatri sinha,harmony art foundation,mumbai.

2011            Palimpsest, exploring compound identities in contemporary south asian art,

2011            Miniscule Marvel, presented by contemplate at gallery bmb, Mumbai

2011            Time Unfolded, kiran nadar museum of art (knma), New Delhi

2011            The Intuitive: Logic Revisted, from the osians collection at the world economic

                    forum, davos, switzerland

2010            Art Celebrates 2010: Sports and The City,curated by roopika chawla,for  

                    commonwealth games,new delhi.
2010            International Streaming Festival, 6th edition,the hague,neitherlands.

2010            Liquid Cities & Temporary Identities, video art & architecture event,neitherlands

2010            Feminine Recitals ,curated by veerangana solanki,exhibit 320, New delhi          

2010            Invisible Cities , Aicon,New York

2010            Does Size Matter, Inaugral Show Of Latitude 28,New Delhi 

2009            Lost In An Urban Maze ,Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi.

2009            The Landscapes Of Where Curated By Nancy Adajania For Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai.

2009            Zip Files Curated By Ranjit Hoskote, For Foundation B&G And Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai. 

2008            Group Show At Gallery 1x1, Dubai.

2008            Recent Works By Pooja Iranna & Sojwal Sawant, Gallery Espace, Delhi.

2008            Trends & Trivia By Bhavana Kakkar At Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong.

2008            Walk The Line, Curated By Ranjita Chaney, Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich. 

2007            Telling It Like It Is, Group Show At The Gallery, In Cork Street, London By Gallery Espace.

2007            India Revealed, Curated By Antonio Manfred, At Cam, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy.

2007            Reading Paint, By Gallery Soulflower, Bangkok.

2007            Korea-India Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition,Seoul, Korea.

2007            Paper Flute Curated By Johny M.L. At Gallery Espace, Delhi.

2007            Emerging India, By Art Alive, At The Henry Moore Gallery, London.

2007            Does Size Matter I &Ii,Curated By Bhavna Kakar, N.Delhi & Mumbai. 

2006            Avatars Of The Object, Curated By Nancy Adajania, For The Guild Art Gallery,Mumbai

2006            Making Of Divinity, Curated By Ina Puri, For Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai.

2006            Around Architecture, Curated By Marta Jakimowicz, For Colab Art & Architecture, B’lore.

2006            New Paradigms Iii By Gallery Threshold, N.Delhi. 

2005            Bridges, Exploring New Paradigms, Art Alive Gallery, N.Delhi.

2005            Towards Abstraction, Curated By Marta Jakimowicz For Gallery Threshold, New Delhi.

2005            Negotiating Matters/S Curated By Roobina Karode, For Anant Gallery, New Delhi.

2005            Resonance, Curated By K.T.Ravindran, For Golden Jubilee Of Lalit Kala Academi.

2003-2004   Dots And Pixels Digital Art, At Gallery Espace, New Delhi, & Gallery Sumokha, B’lore  

2003            Dreams: Projects Unrealised, Curated By Johny M.L. And Mrinal Kulkarni, New Delhi.

2003            Migration, City, Home Curated By Amit Mukhopadhaya, Kolkatta. 

2002            Words And Images, National Gallery Of Mordern Art, Mumbai.

2002            Closet/Closets  Curated By Mrinal Kulkarni, New Delhi. 

2001            Two Painter’s Show With Iranna G.R. At Apparao Galleries, Chennai.

2001            North Zone Group Curated By Probir Gupta At Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai.

2001            Kaleidoscope – Isu International Art Gallery, Singapore

2001            Art In Heridity, Habiart Gallery, New Delhi.

2001            Engendering – Images Of Women, At The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai. 

1999            Edge Of The Century, Curated By Amit Mukhopadhaya, New Delhi.

1999            Two Women Artists, The Guild, Mumbai

1999            Women For W.I.S.E., Exhibition At N.G.M.A. & Auction, Mumbai. 

1998            Group Show By Five Artists, At Gallery Espace, New Delhi. 

1998            Gift For India By Sahmat, New Delhi. 

1993            Two Women Artist Show, At Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi. 

1991            Search For Young Talent By Vedhera Art Gallery, New Delhi. 




From the End to the End’-2009

 single channel projection in loop with sound,5.40 min duration


                  Of Human Endeavor, solo exhibition, The Guild, Mumbai, 2009

       ATtribute to the Lense, to commemorate the world photographical day, curated by    

       Sandeep Biswas, M. F. Hussain Gallery, New Delhi, 2010. 


‘Another New Beginning’-2010

 single channel projection in loop with sound,7.50 min duration


                  Kiran Nadar Museum for Indian Art, New Delhi ,2011

                  In the Waves and Underneath, Palette Art gallery, New Delhi. 2010

                  Finalist for Celeste Prize 2010, exhibiting in New York, Dec 2010

                  International Streaming festival, 6th edition, The Hague, Netherlands, Dec 2010

                  Liquid Cities & Temporary Identities, video art & architecture event, the           

                  Hague, Netherlands, dec2010.


‘Swaas’ 2010

single channel projection in loop with sound, 3.45 min duration


                  Art Celebrates 2010: sports and the city, curated by Roopika Chawla, New Delhi 2010

                  International Streaming Festival, 6th edition, The Hague, Netherlands, Dec 2010

                  Liquid Cities & Temporary Identities, video art & architecture event, The Hague,    

                  Netherlands, Dec 2010.


‘Standing strong’ 2010

single channel projection in loop with sound,6.30 min duration


                  Feminine Recitals ,curated by Veerangana Solanki, Exhibit 320, New Delhi, 2010




1999          Catalogue For B. M. Kamath’s Solo Show At Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi.

                  ‘Through Another Journey’, Two Artist Show, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai.


2002          ‘Metamorphoses Of Existence’, Lalit Kala Contemporary 45,A Publication Of Lalit Kala    

                  Contemporary, India-Jan.

2002          ‘We Come, We Eat, We Sleep’, Essay On Work Of N.S. Harsha That Represented   

                  India At The Fukoka Festival, Published In Lalir Kala Contemporary, A Publication Of  

                  Lalit Kala Academy, India-June.


2009          I Seldom Take Images At Random’-Published In Art Inc,Vol.1,No.1




1998-99     Junior Fellowship By Dept. Of Culture, Govt. Of India

1992-95     National Scholarship By Dept.Of Culture, Govt Of India

2002          Charles Wallace India Trust Award

2009          Outstanding Women Achievers Award By (Yflo), A Wing Of Ficci



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