P. S. Jalaja
P.S. Jalaja (b. 1983, Perumbavoor, Kerala, India), completed her BFA and MFA in painting, Govt. RLV College, Thripunithura, Kochi, 2007 and 2009 consecutively.
She has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Exhibit 320, Lado Sarai, New Delhi(2016), and Kashi Art Gallery, Cochin, Kerala (2014). Her select group exhibitions have been at Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi (2017), Uru Art Harbour, Mattancherry, Kochi (2017), Tarq Gallery, Mumbai (2016), Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, Arezzo, Italy (2013) and (2015), Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad (2015), Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai (2013), CIMA Gallery, Kolkata (2013), Gallery BMB, Mumbai (2010), Gallery BMB, Mumbai (2010) and Durbar Hall Art Gallery, Kochi (2007). She has participated in residencies like MK Search Art & Casa Masaccio, Italy (2013 and 2015). She has been a part of the Biennale Arte Dolomiti, Cibiana di Cadore, Italy (2016), Kochi Muziris Biennale, India, 2012, Prague Biennale, Indian Pavilion, Czech Republic, 2012; Art Gwangju 2010, and in the Special Exhibition Section, EAA (Emerging Asian Artists), South Korea, 2010. She has been an INK fellow, INK Conference in association with TED(2013), and has won several state and national awards.
Jalaja tries to trace the history of man within the collective human history, through her works. The news and images of everyday life are stored in her visual memory and she often draws her own conclusion which is reflected in her work. The male figure in her narrative is subject to contradictions, changes, and experiments, sometimes the conqueror and ecstatic, and sometimes the vanquished and defeated. Her works are positioned somewhere between these contradictions, narrating their stories, battles, pleasures, victories, perils, and defeats. She draws the male figure with a purpose and sometimes without one single aim. Through her works, she tries to offer a counter vision of a wide laugh and a deep cry within the canvas of many histories of man.
P.S. Jalaja lives and works in Kerala, India.