Ambika Trasi is primarily a visual artist, based in New York. She holds a Studio Art BFA from New York University (NYU) & a minor in South Asian studies.
Her works crosses a variety of disciplines to examine ritual and language as transformative tools through which we shape and cement our realities. She appropriates, deconstructs, and reinterprets ceremonies (ancient and contemporary) through her diasporic perspective to explore how people mine sense out of nonsense, create order out of disorder, and insert meaning into otherwise empty space and time. In her recent research-based projects, she seeks decolonize and unravel colonial systems and influences by investigating the histories, myths, aesthetics, and poetics deeply embedded into seemingly ordinary objects.
Trasi is also the Managing Director & Curatorial Assistant for the educational platform Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), through which she has co-organized and assisted in the curation of numerous cutting-edge exhibitions and major innovative programs held at Asia Society (2014 & 2016), The 56th Venice Biennale (2015), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2015), Hunter College Art Galleries (2015), Seattle Art Fair (2015) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2016). Trasi serves on the board of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective.