National Museum in New Delhi. Photo: Avani Tanya.

Avani Tanya (India) is an interdisciplinary artist working with image, text, found objects and sculpture. Guided by an interest in themes of urban life, the nature of memory and forms of storytelling, her practice primarily involves research, collecting, and documentation.

While at Delfina Foundation, Avani will be working in collaboration with the V&A, having a studio on site and full access to their collection in order to produce a new work in response to it.

Her works have been shown at the Daegu Photo Biennale in Daegu, Brandts Museum for Kunst & Visuel Kultur in Odense; Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi; Markus Kirche in Hannover; Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi in New Delhi; Tokyo Geidai in Tokyo; Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in Bangalore; The Japan Foundation in New Delhi; and at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad.

With support from


Collecting as Practice:
Season 1


Summer 2017

Artist’s website



Please note all artist-in-residence biographies are accurate at the time of their residency. For up-to-date bios please visit the artist’s website.

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