Rajkamal Kahlon

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Rajkamal Kahlon is an American artist and educator. Kahlon's drawings, paintings and performative installations use overlapping strategies of critical aesthetics and absurdist humor to interrupt the pedagogical function of texts and images found within historical and contemporary colonial archives. As Artist-in-Residence at the American Civil Liberties Union, Kahlon has been interviewing lawyers in the Human Rights and National Security Projects, and researching her ongoing project, Did You Kiss the Dead Body?, which centers on US military autopsy reports of Iraqi and Afghan men who have been killed in U.S. detention facilities since 9/11.

Kahlon's work has been exhibited in museums and foundations in North America, Europe and Asia, including the 2012 Taipei Biennial, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Wilhelm Hack Museum, NGBK, Queens Museum of Art, Artists' Space, White Box and Apex Art. Kahlon is a recent recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Award, Lambent Project Grant and a Stiftung Kunstfonds Arbeitstipendium. Kahlon is a past recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture Award and a Lambent Fellowship. In 2012, she was Artist-in-Residence with the Goethe Institute in Amsterdam, where she researched colonial photographic archives for her ongoing project Double Take.


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