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Mithu Sen performs conceptual and interactive multi-format byproducts which include drawing, performance, poetry, moving images, sculptures, installations, sound, and others to explore and subvert hierarchical codes and rules, with particular reference to the ‘myths’ of sexuality, language, market, and marginalisation.

She constantly (un)defines concepts and their functioning with regard to acceptable modes of interactions, questioning pre-codified hierarchies that define the social performance of roles, and politics of tabooed identity. Through various devices and interventions, methodologies of play, vulnerability and intuition she challenges the standards of social exchange, undermining the codes we come to rely on.

Her practice produces languages that come under scrutiny as linguistic structures and hegemonies are abstracted as ‘non-language’, what Sen calls ‘lingual anarchy’ –a praxis that employs glitch, noise, and sonic effects in its spontaneous creation that subverts social norms, including those around art production, exhibition, and reception.

Through radical hospitality, lingual anarchy, counter capitalism, untaboo sexuality, and unmonolith identity; the artist persistently explores the void of in betweenness, where (un)constructs dwell, waiting to be (un)realised.


Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai , India

Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria




books & catalogues

interviews & videos

In conversation with Mithu Sen, the artist who wants to ‘unmake’ everything 2018

articles & reviews

“The India that was”, The Pioneer, August 2017

“The Museums of Time and Space” Chinki Sinha, India Today, April 2017

“Mithu Sen: The Constant Performer” Rosalyn D’Mello, Open Magazine, March 2017

“Art Stars Trek to Nepal for the First Kathmandu Trienniale, Promoting Regional Solidarity”, Skye Arundhati Thomas, March 2017

“Women’s Day special: Women talk about desire and other difficult dialogues”, Mithu Sen, The Indian Express, March 2017

“Mithu Sen isn’t afraid to depict sexuality in her works”, Anindita Ghosh, Femina, February 2017

“Five must-see works at the India Art Fair”, Neelam Raaj, The Times of India, February 2017

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