Swati Khurana is drawn to the minute, the delicate, and the ephemeral.

and the seductive promises made by rituals: all of these inform her art, writing, and

tarot practice. She was born in New Delhi, raised in the Hudson Valley, and lives and

works in New York City. A follower of lunar cycles, she feels most at home in the 

quiet, velvety darkness of night.

Originally a visual artist, in 2011 she left the art market and a studio-based practice

to focus on fiction, essays, and collaborative art projects.

Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Guernica, Chicago Quarterly Review,

The Offing, The Rumpus, and in the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors. Her writing and visual artwork 

have been supported by fellowships and residencies from New York Foundation for the Arts, Center for

Fiction, Jerome Foundation, Bronx Arts Council, Center for Books Arts, Cooper Union, Kundiman, Henry

Memory, pasts, artifice, artifacts, private moments, public spaces, popular culture,

Street Settlement, Wave Hill, and Vermont Studio Center.

She has presented her visual works in solo exhibitions at Chatterjee & Lal (Mumbai), A/P/A Gallery at NYU

Safari Gardens (The Gambia) and Diaspora Vibe (Miami), and over a hundred group exhibitions and 

festivals. In 1997, she was a founding member of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC), an

organization dedicated to the advancement, visibility, and development of emerging and established South

Asian women artists across disciplines.

Currently, she is working on her novel The No.1 Printshop of Lahore and developing her podcast,

“TBR: Tarot Books Radio,” which uses the format of a Tarot reading to have conversations, centering

women-of-color artists, writers, and activists.

A lifelong learner, Swati has studied at Hunter College (M.F.A. Fiction), UnionDocs (Podcast School),

NYU (M.A. in Studio Art & Art Criticism), Columbia University (B.A. in History), Transformative Mediation

(Dutchess County Mediation Center), and Coaching Essentials (Continuing Coach Education). Yet her 

greatest teachers have been an obsessive collection of books to be read, and her seven-year-old daughter.


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"The Bollywood Gaze" published in the Miami SunPost by Michelle Weinberg
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