Priyanka D’Souza (India) is an artist, writer, and art historian whose primary areas of research and inspiration are Mughal painting and natural history in early modern Europe. Her practice often uses satire and fiction as a tool to subvert and redress lacunae and exaggerations in mainstream history. Interested in paradigms of truth and wonder, her academic writing centres around monsters and the aja’ib (strange/ unbelievable), particularly in imaginings of borderlands of nation-empires, and as applied to anomalous/disabled bodies.

During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Priyanka plans to further her research by comparing the presentation of zoological specimens in natural history museums and collections in London with their (often fantastical) visual representations in Mughal and Company School paintings, early modern cartographical maps and scientific texts.

Priyanka graduated in Painting from M. S. University, Baroda and is currently pursuing her post-graduation in Arts and Aesthetics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. She was a fellow at the Dara Shikoh Fellowship ‘16 and has participated in many exhibitions across India.

With support from

Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and Charles Wallace India Trust

Thematic programme

Collecting as Practice:
Season 4

Residency Season

Autumn 2021


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