Sreshta Rit Premnath has had solo exhibitions at KANSAS, New York; Gallery SKE, Bangalore; The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin; Wave Hill, New York; Art Statements, Art|41|Basel; as well as numerous group exhibitions at venues including YBCA, San Francisco; Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris; 1A Space, Hong Kong; Thomas Erben Gallery and Friedman Benda Gallery, New York. He is the founder and co-editor of the publication Shifter and co-organizes the ongoing Project for an Archive of the Future Anterior. Premnath completed his BFA at The Cleveland Institute of Art, his MFA at Bard College, and has attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, Skowhegan and Smack Mellon. He has received grants from Art Matters and the Civetella Ranieri Foundation, and was awarded the Arthur Levitt Fellowship from Williams College. Based in Brooklyn, Premnath teaches at Moore College in Philadelphia.
I investigate systems of representation to understand and challenge the process by which images become icons or events become history. I rigorously explore the backgrounds of subjects as varied as the the Polish artist Edward Krasinski, the MGM lion, urban development in the city of Bangalore, India, and the Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Through different mediums including photography, video, and sculpture, I grant these subjects renewed consideration, often in altogether new forms. Through this process I hope to establish the possibility for new ways of interpreting and understanding established archives.