SRESHTA RIT PREMNATH, the 2016-17 GIDEST Artist-in-Residence, works in multiple media including photography, sculpture, video and installation. He is the founder and editor of the publication Shifter since 2004, and Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Parsons. Originally from Bangalore, India, Rit lives and works in New York.
Rit has had solo exhibitions at the Nomas Foundation, Rome; Kansas Gallery, 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 Basel; as well as numerous group exhibitions at venues including the Queens Museum, New York; YBCA, San Francisco; Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris; 1A Space, Hong Kong and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.
For his GIDEST seminar, Rit will present a series of projects that rethink the archives of such figures as the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the artists Edward Krasinski and Andre Cadere. In each project, Rit transposes the protagonists' conceptual framework onto a different historical, linguistic or cultural register. Through his contextual displacements Rit proposes new ways of considering conceptual methodologies that appear historically calcified.