Born in Bombay, India, Jaishri Abichandani immigrated to New York City in 1984. She received her MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London and has continued to intertwine art and activism in her career, founding the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, http://www.sawcc.org, in New York and London. She has exhibited her work internationally at various venues including P.S.1/MOMA, the Queens Museum of Art, and Exit Art in New York, the 798 Beijing Biennial and the Guangzhou Triennial in China, Nature Morte, & Gallery Chemould in India, the IVAM in Valencia, Spain and the House of World Cultures in Berlin, Germany.
Jaishri served as the Founding Director of Public Events and Projects from 2003-6 at the Queens Museum of Art where she organized Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now, Queens International 2006 Everything All at Once and curated Her Stories:Fifteen Years of SAWCC. Other international curatorial projects include Sultana's Dream, Exploding the Lotus, Artists in Exile, Shapeshifters and Aliens, Anomalies,Transitional Aesthetics. The Emo Show, Stargazing, Sheherzade’s Gift and Loving Blackness.
In 2017 Abichandani engineered a collaboration between the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Asia Society and the Queens Museum to organize a three day national convening of South Asian American artists, academics and curators; along with the exhibition “Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions”
Abichandani‘s work is in the Burger Collection, Asia Art Archive Collection and Saatchi Collection. She has been a resident of LMCC’s Process Space residency and honored by the Brooklyn Arts Council.