Manali Jagtap was born in 1978 and brought up in Kolhapur, India. An award winning graphic designer and fine artist she lives and works in India and the UK. During her studies at the renowned Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts (1995 – 2000) in Mumbai, she was awarded the Communication Art Guild (CAG) Award for Best Typography. She got her MA in Art and Politics (2009 – 2010) from Goldsmiths University, London.
Manali’s multimedia artwork started in 2002, when she collaborated with scientist Sarah Angliss, a sonic artist, engineer and performer to create a 70-minute projection, commissioned by the Think Tank Millennium Trust (United Kingdom) to celebrate innovation in science and technology during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. In 2003, she was part of the East Wing Collection 06 at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House (London) with a piece that was praised as ‘a microcosmic representation of the Collection itself’. She also worked alongside renowned British book artist Tony Hayward on his book Comedy of Errors in 2006. In 2010 one of her paintings was chosen for 'The Lotus Show' hosted by Women Art Foundation and exhibited at the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai.
“He can read, he can write and he can shoot” – An interaction with Asari Dokubo, 2011 is her first political art piece; a collaborative piece focused on Asari Dokubo, the first warlord of the Niger Delta.
2009 – 2010 MA Art and Politics (Distinction), Goldsmith’s University, London, UK
1995 – 2000 BFAAA (Bachelor in Fine Art and Applied Art), Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai, India
2005 City University, London - International Law, Systems and Organizations
- English Law and Legal Method, Introduction
2003 Camberwell College of Arts, London - Introduction to Ceramics
2012 Art exhibition showing the Doodle Do Series at the Troutbeck House, Open Studios, Telegraph Hill festival
(31 March, 01 April)
2011 “He can read, he can write and he can shoot” – An interaction with Asari Dokubo*, interdisciplinary video
installation that explores the interconnection between the politics of identity and identity politics.
*Asari Dokubo is the first warlord of the Niger Delta, Nigeria.
2009 No speed limit for joggers, public intervention October 18th, Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea
2012 "The Wishing Thread”, in collaboration with Cristiana Bottigella, an art intervention for kids at the Telegraph
Hill Festival, (25 March)
2010 Gagados Ancient Tales, collaboration with Burmese artist Htein Lin on a Human Rights storybook for children,
Goldsmiths University, London.
2009 Local audio tour, collaboration with curator Jason Waite, a participatory narrative that invited the listener to
choose among the stories presented and form their own truth, Goldsmiths University, London.
2006 Collaboration with renowned British book artist Tony Hayward on his book Comedy of Errors.
2002 Collaboration with scientist Sarah Angliss, a sonic artist, engineer and performer on Jet Age to Genome, a 70-
minute projection commissioned by the Think Tank Millennium Trust (United Kingdom) to celebrate
innovation in science and technology during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 The Lotus Show hosted by Women Art Foundation and exhibited at the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai,
2010 Ecosophic Enquiry, a research-based project exploring the understanding of the ecology as a system of
interconnected flows between the environment, the psyche and the social, Goldsmiths University, London.
2012 Peter Sampson, United Nations, Senegal,
2003 East Wing Collection 06 at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London.
2000 Cub CAG (Communication Art Guild) silver medal for Best Typography.
2000 Best Advertising Film and Best Typography at Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai.