Dancers, Silver Gelatin Ed. 8

Maple Leaf Series 2009, Digital Print, 8" x 10"

Liquidite, Silver Gelatin Print, (20cm x 25.5cm), Ed. 10

Silver Gelatin Print, (20cm x 25.5cm), Ed. 10

Mudra, Silver Gelatin Print, (20cm x 25.5cm), Ed. 10
NIRMALA KARUPPIAH      (b.1972   Malaysia)

Karuppiah works primarily with black and white photography, using traditional documentary techniques, as well as contemporary formats.

Her unusual body of work involving the documentation of Malaysian dance troupes (presenting traditional Indian dance, a neglected performance art in Malaysia until recently), has brought much acclaim. She has traveled extensively to capture dancers, audiences, performances and silences. She also photographs urban and rural landscapes, investigating cultural dialogues and developments.

Her masterful interpretations of these subjects have brought her recognition as a formidable young photographic talent with a discerning and elegant eye.




2011   Judge, 2011 KL International Photography Festival
2009   Freeman Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, USA

Major Solo Exhibitions

2010   Dance Photography, Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnston State College, Vermont USA
2006   Fluid Lucidity: Embracing the Charisma of Dance, Asia House, London   to University of Wolverhampton, UK
2004   Touched by Mysticism, Sutra Gallery,  Malaysia
1999   Scented Notions, travelling exhibition from Indian High Commission Gallery, KL  to Johor, Malaysia

Major Group Exhibitions

2010   Winds of Desire, Central Market Annexe, KL
2010   Glimpses of the East, Contemporary Photography from SE Asia Contemporary Art Week, New York
50th Anniversary Exhibition for Her World Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
2009   New York Asia Week and Asian Contemporary Art Week
Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, at ESU USA Headquarters New York, NY  USA
2008   Out of the Box,  SGFA The Private Gallery, Malaysia
Stirring Odissi,  Petronas Gallery, Malaysia
2005   Eight,   SGFA The Private Gallery
Between Earth and Sky,  Sutra
20 Celebrated Women Artists, Maya Gallery
2004   History and Beyond: Photography from 1990 to Present, National Art Gallery,Malaysia
2003   Heritage Architecture,  Concorde Gallery, KL
2002   Over Time,  Heritage Society of Malaysia
Scapes and Studies, Silver Gelatin Gallery, Malaysia
Identity: Who Are We?, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
2001   Women on Women,  Alliance Francaise, Malaysia
Open Show 2001, National Art Gallery of Malaysia
1996   Photography as an Art,  National Art Gallery of Malaysia


2006   MA, Photography (Communications),  University of Wolverhampton
1991 - 1994   Diploma,  Graphic Design, Malaysia Institute of Art, Malaysia

Special Projects

2011   Peace Project : Collaborative Exploration and continuing project with NY Artist Brookie Maxwell, organized through US Embassy, Malaysia and SGFA.

Tel +603 7960 4740