illesha is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans from artist book-making to social practice. She is the founder and program manager of ikattha: a collective space for artists, in Mumbai. She focuses on making safer spaces for artists to collaborate, exhibit, and experiment in a non-hierarchal setting that closes the gap between artist and audience. She is interested in building alternative ecosystems for the making and showing of art, through: community gatherings, curated exhibitions and performances, workshops, affordable studio space, zine making.
She also nurtures a steady studio practice. Her work suggests a psychology of geography – an unfixed landscape that you alter by your very existence. Working in the realm of ecofeminism, illesha is interested in a natural herstory. Her artist books, installations and performances, play on an acute awareness of the erasures of the personal herstories of our female ancestors. She is constantly questioning the information that we consider to make up the story of the planet and the human species. illesha works in generative practices – she teaches recycled papermaking, continuously documents the changing in-between spaces of the city, and uses walking as her foremost way of knowing.
illesha holds a BFA in Photography, with honours, from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been awarded and invited to residencies around the world, including Flux Factory in Queens, NY, USA and ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Aarhus, Denmark and has shown her work extensively around the world.