START Art Fair (2019), London’s Saatchi Gallery

In September 2019, Michelle Poonawalla presented her seminal work, Introspection, at the START Art Fair at London’s Saatchi Gallery. The immersive installation, was previously shown at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and at Alkersal Avenue during the Art Dubai Week 2019. This was accompanied by a parallel exhibition of a series of her newly realized works. Introspection developed on the artist’s experiments with digital technology, turning to sound and using a combination of audio clips from newsreels and ambient recordings to uncanny effect. Combining these sounds with motion sensor technology and digitally mapped visuals, the experience created an all-consuming sensorium. The end result was a work of art that created an intense immersive experience, which pushed the audience into a contemplative space of action and reflection. The work was born from the artist’s sense of discomfort and unease with the way images of violence and displacement are consumed today, usually in endless news cycles. On 26th September 2020, Michelle was a part of a conversatıon at START, titled Art; Digital Technology: Practitioners at the Frontier, exploring how artists, curators, galleries and institutions are adopting digital technology into their practices. Other panelists include Rory Blain, Director, Sedition; Wilhelmina Madeley, Project and Exhibitions Manager, AcuteArt, and Dr. Rory Hyde, Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism, V & A Museum.

Michelle Poonawalla’s new works include digital videos which are available on
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Sedition videos : Peace, Hope, Love

Gallery 10 : Introspection

Gallery 16 : Freedom, Peace, Hope

Panel discussion on "Art & Digital Technology: Practitioners at the Frontier"