Readings of Marxist philosophy and feminism made Navjot conscious of the way political analysis could offer important insights into art practice and led her to reach out through interaction and alternative modes of practice, a quest that began in the 1970s, after the completion of her training in the arts and active participation in progressive political movements. Since the 1990s she has been engaged with interactive/cooperative/collaborative projects including her ongoing public art projects in collaboration with Adivasi artists and communities in Bastar and in other metro cities. The process deals with questions related to interactive/collaborative/dialogical processes, knowledge systems, negotiated strategies, representation, gender, identity, and discourse about what is contemporary in contemporary art. Navjot has had solo exhibitions in India, USA, Germany and other major participations include Lacuna in Testimony, Frost Art Museum, Florida (2009); Public Places Private Spaces, Newark Museum, New York, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Tiger By the Tail – Contemporary Indian Women Transforming Culture, Brandies Museum, Boston; INDIA NOW: Contemporary Indian Art between Continuity and Transition, Milan (2007); Bombay Maximum City, Lille; 15th Sydney Biennale (2006); Ground Works, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2005); ZOOM–Art in Contemporary India, Lisbon; Passage to India, Geneva (2004); SubTerrain’ Indian Contemporary Art, Berlin; 8th Habana Biennale (2003);Century City, Tate Modern London (2001); First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Japan (1999); Women Artists of India, Mills College Art Gallery, California; Cross Currents, Women Artists from India and Britain, Norway (1997); Women Artists from India, Middleborough Art Gallery U.K. (1995-96).
Navjot is an artist in the Artists’ Roundtable: Sites.