Mrinalini Aggarwal

Mrinalini Aggarwal

Assistant Professor

Aronoff Center

DAAP School of Art - 0016

Professional Summary

Mrinalini Aggarwal is an Indian artist working at the intersections of architecture, sculpture and landscape. She is a Visiting Artist at the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Program at Pratt Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at the DAAP, University of Cincinnati. She is the founder of Streetlight, a collaborative project and critical spatial research laboratory for decolonizing public space. Mrinalini has an MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and an undergraduate degree in Spatial Design from the National Institute of Design, India. Her work has been exhibited at venues across the United States and Asia, including the Headlands Center for the Arts, The Old San Francisco Mint, Root Division, The First Presbyterian Church of New York, ChaShaMa, and the India Habitat Center, Delhi. Mrinalini is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design Fellowship (2018-20), the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program (2019), and the Graduate Fellowship Residency Award at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2017). She has served as a juror for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Grants and was featured as an “On-Our-Radar” finalist for the 2021 Creative Capital Award.

Research and Practice Interests

Mrinalini’s practice responds to the hegemonic histories of modernist urban development projects within contemporary cities. Through research-based, speculative, and site specific interventions, she constructs space as a living host and an embodied nurturance, one that is experienced both as an interiority and as an infrastructure. Her projects are deeply experiential, utilized as conduits for greater public engagement and heightened interconnectivity. She is interested in conceptions of reality, pleasure, and nature, within eastern practices. 

Research Support

Investigators:Mrinalini Aggarwal Pratt Institute Pratt Seed Grant 2020 Role:PI Completed Type:Grant Level:University

Investigators:Mrinalini Aggarwal University of Cincinnati DAAP Research Grant Role:PI Active Type:Grant