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geetha thurairajah (b. Waterloo, Canada)  lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Working in drawing, painting and installation, the artist is interested in how artistic and spatial languages can be shaped to disrupt the order of things. Approaching her practice as a world-builder, languages are pulled apart and reconstructed as a means for subverting and revising painting history, popular culture and assumptions around personal identity. With a love for Roland Barthes, the artist is interested in how artworks perform as myths and how one can reshape the way we see the world through them.


2024 MFA, Bard College, Milton Avery School of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2014 Rhode Island School of Design (Exchange), Providence, RI
2014 BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Hallifax, CA
2010 BA, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2023 The Buddha of Suburbia, King’s Leap, New York, NY
2021 nonplussed+, Jack Barrett, New York
2019 Migration is more momentous than ancient invasions, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, ON, CA

Group Exhibitions

2023 King's Leap and Freddy, Freddy, Harris, NY
2022 At Land, Foxy Production, New York, NY
2021 Suspended Disbelief, Arsenal Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
2021 Halycon On and On,  Franz Kaka, Toronto, Canada
2020 Ozone Gleaners (w/ Tiziana La Melia),Projet Pangée, Montreal, CA
2020 Soothsay (w/ Gabi Dao), Unit 17, Vancouver, CA
2019 Downward Flower, Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR
2019 No body to talk, Invisible Exports, New York, NY
2019 Everything we see hides another thing, MKG127, Toronto, CA
2018 You Are Who You Think I Think You Are, American Medium, NY, NY
2018 An Assembly of Shapes, Oakville Galleries, ON
2017 The Barn Show curated by Lindsay Howard, Johannes Vogt, East Hampton, NY
2017 Here’s Looking at You, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, SE


2017 Studio Residency, Interstate Projects, BK, NY
2017 Fall Residency, Ox-Bow, MI, US
2015 2D-Banff Artist in Residence, Banff, CA


2020 Critics' Picks by Steffanie Ling, Soothsay, Artforum
2020 Review by Esmé Hogeveen, Ozone Gleaners, Editorial Magazine
2019 Review by Magdalyn Asimakis, Migration is more momentous than ancient invasions, Canadian Art 

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