Born in 1969 in Bombay, India, Jaishri Abichandani immigrated to New York City in 1984. She received her MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London in2005. The artist founded the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (sawcc.org) in New York (1997) and in London (2004).
Her work has been exhibited internationally, including in the United States at MoMA PS1 and the Queens Museum, as well as at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM) in Valencia, Spain; the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany; and the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial in China.
From 2003 to 2006, she served as the founding director of public events and projects at the Queens Museum of Art, setting the institution’s current trajectory for community engagement. Whilst there, she also organised Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now(2005) and the Queens International 2006: Everything All at Once(2006), and curated Her Stories: Fifteen Years of SAWCC(2012). Abichandani previously curated a trilogy of feminist, science fiction–based exhibitions at Rossi & Rossi London titled Anomalies: from Nature to the Future(2009), Dirty Jewels(2010) and Shapeshifters and Aliens(2011).
In 2017, the artist engineered a collaboration between the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Asia Society and the Queens Museum that resulted in a three-day national convention of South Asian–American artists, academics and curators. The symposium was held in conjunction with the Asia Society exhibition Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora (2017), curated by Abichandani and Calvin Boon Hui Tan.
Abichandani’s work is included in the Burger Collection and the Asia Art Archive Collection. She has been a resident of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space and was honoured by the Brooklyn Arts Council in 2009.