Drishti Desai

Drishti Desai


Discipline Faculty, Exhibition Design

Drishti holds an MA in History of Art and Archaeology from SOAS, University of London (2019), and a B.Cr.A in Film from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore (2017). Her MA thesis focused on the intersection of film and painting through hand-drawn animations in the Asian cultural context, and the translation of religious philosophy across visual mediums.

Drishti considers herself a cultural storyteller with a strongly interdisciplinary practice – merging research with praxis. Her academic research focuses on visual narratives of early religious cultures of South and Southeast Asia, particularly Hindu-Buddhist art. This is driven by the need to engage with alternative non-western tropes of narrativity and aesthetics. Her methodology is informed by her study in various other fields – including anthropology, gender, critical and political theory, and decolonisation.

She has worked and designed for museums in various capacities by translating research into effective and relevant storytelling. She has researched and designed for the Money and Jewellery Gallery at CSMVS, Mumbai, the JD Center of Art and SMS Townhall through Siddhartha Das Studio, Delhi as well as worked as a space design consultant and mentor for final year undergraduates at Srishti Films, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.

She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Indian Aesthetics from Jnanapravaha, Mumbai (2018), and a basic diploma in Pali from Pune University (2022).

She strongly believes in making research more accessible – be it through art, writing, or teaching.