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Patel Raksha

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • Born1972


Raksha Patel is a visual artist and filmmaker.  She was born in Leicester and received her MFA from The Slade School of Art, 1998.  Her work investigates ideas of change and disintegration through pseudo botanical images that bear anthropomorphic qualities relating to the human body.  

In addition to her studio practice she has works as an artist-educator at Tate Modern giving gallery talks to adults and young people since 2000. Her recent projects include a large-scale mural on a Lancashire Mill with the arts organisation Idle Women, 2016. 

In 2008, Patel contributed to the project ‘The Mausoleum of Lost Objects’ presented at Iniva and led by Matthew Krishanu who invited a range of artists to create work in memory of a lost object. inspired by Hew Locke’s exhibition ‘The Kingdom of the Blind’ as well as the idea of a mausoleum – a monument that commemorates the dead – ‘The Mausoleum of Lost Objects’ is a display infused with a collective sense of the past, of missing objects and reconstructed memories. 

Her selected exhibitions include ‘Uproot, The South London Botanical Institute The Endless Circle’, Hotel Elephant, London (2018); ‘Basic Human Needs’, Wales (2016); ‘The Trouble with Painting Today’, Pump House Gallery (2015); ‘The Roadside Museum’, Basement Arts, Leeds (2015); ‘Forget-Me-Knot’, Pitzhanger Manor Gallery (2013); ‘Tradition and the Passing Down of Culture’, Pump House Gallery, (2013); ‘We were Trying to Make Sense’, 1 Shantiroad, Bangalore (2013); ‘Collision’, Nancy Victor Gallery, (2013); ‘Jerwood Drawing Prize’, Jerwood Gallery and touring, London(2011); ‘Paint’, Beldham Gallery, Brunel University London (2010); ‘Postcards from Dystopia’, Nolias Gallery London (2009); ‘The Mausoleum of Lost Objects’, inIVA – Rivington Space, London (2008); ‘The Redemptive Beauty of Life After Death’, The Bonnington Gallery Nottingham (2007); and ‘Creative Connections’, Whitechapel Gallery (2005). 

Raksha Patel lives and works in London.

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