A Tribute to Kanishka Raja

Kanishka Raja poses in front of I and I (Missed Twice); SW1-XY at Asia Society New York, 2017

The artist Kanishka Raja at the opening of the exhibition Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora. (Christine Hsieh/Asia Society)

The field of Asian art has lost an important voice from the South Asian diasporic community. The artist Kanishka Raja passed away on July 20, 2018, at the age of 48. Raja was an esteemed artist whose multifaceted practice deftly explored the intersection of representation, craft, and technology, and the gaps that occur in the transmission of information. His intelligently conceived and beautifully realized series I and I (Missed Twice); SW1-XY (2014) was a highlight of the 2017 exhibition Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora, organized by Asia Society Museum with the support of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Raja was the subject of numerous international solo exhibitions and served as a lecturer at the Yale School of Art.

Kanishka Raja at Asia Society New York
Installation view of Kanshika Raja’s works in the exhibition 'Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora.' (Richard Goodbody/Asia Society)