Vivan Sundaram at Sharjah Biennial 2023, 7 February – 11 June 2023

Posted on 2 March 2023

Six Stations of a Life Pursued: Suture, Untitled, VI, 2018.

Pigment print, 30 x 30.2 in (76.2 x 76.6 cm)

Based on photographs by Gireesh GV
Photomontage: Hilal Ahmed Khan
Photograph courtesy: Vivan Sundaram & PHOTOINK

Six Stations of a Life Pursued: Shelter, Untitled, V, 2022.

Pigment print, 50.8 x 66 in (129 x 167.6 cm)

Photographed by Imran Kokiloo
Performed by Harish Khanna
Lighting: Anay Mann
Costume design: Pratima Pandey
Structure: Shamlal Panchal
Photograph courtesy: Vivan Sundaram & PHOTOINK

SSAF’s co-founder and managing trustee Vivan Sundaram is one of 30 artists commissioned to develop new work for ‘Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present’, conceived by the late Okwui Enwezor and curated by Hoor Al Qasimi.


“Okwui’s proposition suggests a narrative that is dynamic yet recursive in an ethically accountable way. I present a photography-based project, Six Stations of a Life Pursued (2022), a choreography of bodies that have undergone violence, experienced incarceration, and lived through mourning. The sixth ‘station’ signifies a journey premised on the historical and rehearsed with activist resolve.” — Vivan Sundaram