Episode 15: Pallavi Sharma

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Episode 15: Pallavi Sharma

By Weston Teruya August 25, 2017

Weston Teruya welcomes artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers of color to get real about their lives, practices, and careers. Each episode is an in-depth look into how art gets made, but more importantly how these folks are seeing to the system of art’s (UN)making.


In this episode we have a wide ranging conversation with Bay Area multidisciplinary artist and cultural organizer Pallavi Sharma. Pallavi’s work manifests as sculptural installation, video, interactive performances, writing, and community storytelling projects that often explore themes of migration and building home. We talk about clouds as metaphor, her background in street theater, and the ways her earlier itinerant life and isolation challenged her to build a welcoming arts space rooted in the South Asian community in suburban San Ramon.

You can follow Pallavi’s work at pallavisharma.com. Her organization, Inner Eye, can be followed at innereyearts.com and on Facebook.

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Pallavi Sharma has been exhibited widely at venues including the Queens Museum of Art, Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), SOMArts (San Francisco), Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoake, VA), and the Bishop Museum (Honolulu).  Along with her creative practice, she is a board member of the Asian American Women Artist Association (AAWAA) and Director of Inner Eye, an arts organization in San Ramon, CA. Pallavi received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the Faculty of Fine Arts Baroda, Department of Art History and Aesthetics and her Ph.D. from the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Museology, and Conservation.

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