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First Take 2019 Winner Keerti Pooja: Where is She now?


The glances pause in time to deliberately narrate the depths of life. As life unfolds it slowly shows the known, hidden beyond the unknown. As metaphorical are moments of life and as uncertain are the certainties, my art works narrate the untold stories of the faces that have faded away. My series of paintings are the deep conversations with these glances, and as I journey through my paintings I transfer the sense of calmness in chaos which unveils the true essence of life. And I often wonder how people dwell in the constantly changing uncertainties with balance and ease, which I depict through my art works.

—Keerti Pooja

A participant of the First Take 2018 exhibition, Keerti Pooja again took part the following year and was declared one of the winners of First Take 2019.

Following her win in 2019, Keerti was awarded with the runner-up position at Manorama Young Printmaker Award 2020, and was also a recipient of a grant from MAP Bangalore in 2021. In addition, she was part of a 3-month residency at Space Studio Vadodara 2021.


Of late, Keerti has been showcasing at significant exhibitions. She was showcased at the group exhibit by Modern Art Gallery during India Art Fair 2022 in Delhi. Around the same time period, she was a part of an online two-person show named ‘Ways of Being’ by Emami Art, Kolkata.

Currently the young artist’s works are being showcased at a group show titled ‘Garland of Memories’ at Champa Tree Delhi. The show is open till 22nd September 2022.

You can find a few of Keerti’s works on Abirspace.com

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