Born in 1963. Ayisha Abraham lives and works in Bangalore, as an installation artist and short filmmaker. She studied painting at M.S. University, Baroda, in India and Rutgers University, new Jersey, U.S.A (1995), and Whitney Independent Study Program, NYC (1992), before becoming an experimental filmmaker and installation artist . She has worked at the Srishti School of Art, Design, Technology, as a visual arts consultant since 1997 and is a member of the BAR1 (Bengaluru Artists Residency). She is currently Dean of School of Media Arts and Sciences at Srishti Institute and has, among other courses taught the history of art and visual culture. She founded and organized an in house documentary film festival for the students titled “Nazariya” in 2004 which has had 3 festivals so far.
Over the years, since 2000, she has crafted a series of short experimental film’s from 8mm home movies she collected locally in her neighbourhood among older residents who used the now obsolete format
Her films include“Amnesia”, Short Experimental Film using home movies, commissioned by Mateela, (Independent Pakistani short Film Collective), 2001, Screened at the South Asian Film Festival for Documentary, Kathmandu, Nepal. 2 minutes.“Alight at East Station,” Produced at a Video Workshop sponsored by Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore, India, to produce an artist video. 1997. 7 minutes. Screened at Max Mueller Bhavan, Sept. 1997“ The Lady with a Hat”, Produced with fellowship funded by Public Access Television and Kitchen Performance Space, New York City to produce an artist video, March-May 1995. 7 Minutes. “Migration of Memory” Produced as part of Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, 1992. 7minutes. Straight 8 (2005) screened at Ars Electronica, Linz, Vienna, as part of a Srishti Institutes of Art, Design and Technology’s special exhibition, Tana Bana; One Way (2007)– which was one of six in a series of short films titled State of the World was screened at the Directors Fortnight at Cannes, May 2007.
The other films include, You are Here (Mechanism’s of Motion curated by Marta Jackonowicz, Anant Gallery, 2008), Enroute or of a Thousand Moons Pompidou Center, for the India exhibition titled Paris, Delhi, Bombay, 2011, I Saw a God Dance, A biographical fim on the dancer Ram Gopal supported and exhibited at Yerba Buena,2012, Through the Gold Mine a multi channel installation film made from Beta video footage filmed by Janaki Nair for a documentary on Kolar Gold fields titled ‘After the Gold’ (Devi Art Foundation), 2013.