Still Tangled 
Exhibited at Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore, Bengaluru, IN (2023), Allies for the uncertain futures - Part 4, Party Office, New Delhi, IN (2023) and Forplay Scoiety, Fort Kochi, IN (2022)

“Creating a temporal loop between two identities, straight and gay, digital and embodied, with flowing tresses and chopped close, pre-pandemic and post-pandemic, the artist interrogates the nature of change in her new performance ‘Still Tangled’. Avril disrupts the visual and aural realm of her video work ‘Untangled’ (2021), with a recently evolved set of gestures, cradling, reeling, entangling the viewer through this intimate meditation on the passage of time.” - Shaunak Mahbubani

Unfolding Flowers
Exhibited at National Centre for Biological Sciences, NCBS Archive, Bengaluru, IN (2023) and India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, IN (2023)

Unfolding Flowers is a performance by Avril Stormy Unger that exposes the violent cost of our romance. The work seeks to situate the agency of a rose that becomes the hapless victim of a game of He Loves Me. He Loves Me Not. Here, the rose serves as a placeholder for all those destined to be sacrificed at the altar of heteronormative love. Suspended between the jarring notes of a drill and the tender trills of love songs, the performance brings out the crushing complexities of passion, both its torturous exactions and dalliances with pain.

I do, do I?
Exhibited at 1 Shanthi Rd, Bengaluru, IN (2022)

I do, do I? is an impulsive reaction to the question of marriage from a queer perspective. Aimed to be performed in public spaces, the work examines the larger systems of marriage, heterosexuality, and monogamy. These systems, being exceedingly black and white, coerce people into certain roles, choices, behaviours, and lifestyles. ‘I do, do I?’ is a response to these social entrapments and provokes questions about individual agency.
The performance stems from the artist’s personal experiences of growing up Catholic, alighting in particular upon the virginal wedding gown and other bridal accoutrements like the veil, the gloves, the garter, the lingerie, and so on. The performance invests in this tableau only to tear it apart. The bride and the gown collapse under their own symbolic weight.
Post performance, visual traces in the form of the nailed-down gown along with the sonic composition will remain to convey the terrible weight of the effort.

Solo show
Exhibited at 1 Shnathi Rd, Bengaluru, IN (2022)

The works showcased in Almirah were created in isolation, during the pandemic years when Avril was also coming to terms with her sexuality. Household objects and domestic acts like stitching, humming and ironing have found their way into these works which she created during the pandemic years.
All of Avril’s work is informed by performance, whether in video or object form. It is a pursuit of an image or impulse responding to either the space or the social form. Sometimes literal, sometimes metaphorical, it is a practice grounded in being able to see oneself in the world. In the works showcased in Almirah, Avril is exploring subjects like compulsory heterosexuality, intimate partner violence and marginalisation. Using her distinctive and layered mode of expression she forces us to reflect on our individual and collective sense of self.
Almirah features video works and performances.

Video Performance 
Exhibited at Embodied Arts Festival, Oyoun, Berlin, DE, (2021)

Untangle is a loop based video work centred on the complex relationship the artist has had with her hair. It is a reflection of her own internalisation of societal expectations and the journey of unlearning, unpacking, untangling to reach a new place of self identity - an internal process that loops with layered insights each time. Though it started with hair, this project forced Unger to explore deeper questions, thoughts and ideas surrounding her sexuality.
In coming to terms with the true nature of her hair, it became an extension of the artist as integral as a limb and unintentionally personified rebellion in its untamedness, occupying space that was claimed and not given. The main performer, hair, is used as a medium to convey the textured emotions attached to 'straightening' the self, that she allowed others to do to her and had done to herself. The work explores the expectation to fit in, the subsequent acceptance and the strength to embrace her truth.

Video performance
Exhitbited at Embodied Arts Festival, Oyoun, Berlin, DE (2021)

Mirage is a performance intervention at a mall in Bangalore, India. It is a commentary on privilege politics and marginalisation using the allegory of a globally exoticised Rajasthani woman.
In 2017 Avril had the honour of living with and learning the folk dance form of Tera Taal from the formidable Mira didi in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan where she also learnt other folk dances from different women in the community. Mirage is an ode to these women who in spite of all odds are pillars of their community, sharing this folk art for their deep love of the craft. This work is dedicated to their struggles and the sheer endurance of their bodies.

Don’t Explain
Online performance
Exhibited at 1 Shanthi Rd, Bengaluru, IN (2022), STIRworld, India Art Fair, New Delhi, IN (2022) and Abr Circle, Online (2020)

Don’t explain is an ongoing project about intimate partner violence. The project gathers stories of survivors and replicates feelings experienced using moments, imagery and song.  Using a mirror, Avril lets the public witness a familiar and private moment that eventually slides towards unsettling. The solitary and passive nature of the performance evokes both fragmentation and reparation, harm and delight, protection, insanity and agency.

Private Parts
Exhibited at Five million incidents, Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, Five million incidents, Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata (2019) and Gender bender, Sandbox Collective, Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bengaluru (2016)

An one-on-one performance that reinvents reality, challenging ideas of self and others by tapping into urban Indian society’s dependence on gender roles and forced stereotypes. Private Parts was realised in Delhi and Kolkata 2019 within the framework of Five Million Incidents supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective. This project was initially commissioned by the Goethe Institute, Sandbox Collective and The Ladies Finger for Gender Bender 2016.

Chutney Mary
Mixed media collage series
Exhibited at The Courtyard, Bengaluru, IN (2019), Powercut, Bengaluru, IN (2017) and Home Sweet Home, Bengaluru, IN (2016),

This mixed-media collage series uses elements from childhood memories and Roman Catholicism in the Indian context. It explores the conflict between Roman Catholics and Protestants in a personal context of mixed families. The term ‘Chutney Mary’ is used by city dwellers in a derogatroy way to refer to women from small towns in India.

Only Time Will Tell
Public performance
Exhibited at Old Madras Road,, Bengaluru, IN (2018), Double Road Flyover, Bengaluru, IN (2017), Undergroud Festival, Bengaluru, IN (2015) and Double Road Flyover, Benagluru, IN (2014),  

Only Time Will Tell is a durational public performance intervention spanning 10 hours per day for 5 days. From 8AM to 6PM, Monday to Friday, the female body holding flowers that wilt through the day, is placed at a busy intersection finding its way into the apathetic loop of the unban city dweller.
The work focuses on environmental emergency, growing pollution, need for direct action, labour and care. It asks the question of what a city considers progress and what is at stake in the name of progress.
The performance takes place as an act of resistance and protest towards the legalised cutting of trees towards the building of the Metro line by BMRCL.

Public performance
Exhibited at Double Road Flyover, Bengaluru, IN (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Public|Private is a 7 minute live performance public intervention that takes place under a busy flyover at a fixed time and place and repeats for a predetermined number of days.
The performance questions the idea of what is acceptable behaviour by a female bodied and presenting person in a public space. As the city was locking down on clubs, shutting down music and culture venues and dancing was banned and considered 'uncivilised' and influenced by 'Western culture', Public|Private was direct action and an impulsive reaction to these new regulations put in place by the residential societies in high end localities and the Karnataka Government.


Exhibited at Gallery Zero Eight 21, Mysore, IN (2017)

Unspoken is a durational performative installation dedicated to maternal loss.

VR performance video
Exhibited at Powercut, Benagluru, IN (2018) and Venkatappa Art Gallery , Bengaluru, IN (2017) 

A VR performance highlighting the relationship between caste and privilige using food as a means of social critique.

Aug ‘17
Exhibited at Powercut, Bengaluru, IN (2017) and Walkin Studio, Bengaluru, IN (2016) 

A photo series questioning ideas of food, sexuality and the hierarchy of power in the local context.

Please Call The Police
Large Room Installation
Solo show
Exhibited at Home Sweet Home, Bengaluru, IN (2016)

An immersive site-specific installation using objects, sounds, lights and smells. Revisiting prominent childhood memories as an adult, with a particular focus on the sense of uneasiness in the ease of a home.

Mostly A, sometimes B
Exhibited at 1 Shanthi Rd, Bengaluru, IN (2016)

An audio-visual installation that uses stories and conversations to explore the complexities of one’s own sexual and gender fluidity in intimate relationships. 

Exhibited at Samsa, The Humming Tree, Bflat Bangalore, Kitsch Mandi and Sandbox Collective, Bengaluru, IN (2014)

A movement art project portraying the struggle against fear and helplessness faced by women in an inherently hostile world. From initially being a solo performance, it evolved into an elaborate production, intricately weaving together movement, sound and visual design to create an immersive narrative space.

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Website work
In collaboration with Rohit Gupta (creative director)

Project Almirah is a platform collating stories around queerness and coming out with the pandemic as the backdrop. The need for access to personal stories contextual to India drives this project. 
Project Amlirah is co-produced with Amra Odhbhuth Collective.

Together With Touch
Public performance livestream
Exhibited at Vega City Mall, Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Walkin Studio, Bengaluru, IN (2021)

Together With Touch is a public performance with interwoven live Mental Health data, explored through contemporary dance and generative sound.
The term “contact”, deriving from the latin con- and -tangere, “together with touch”, has gained significant urgency in current circumstances. While physical contact (touch) is being radically restricted, visual artist Lena Heubusch invites performer and mental health practitioner Avril Stomry Unger, sound engineer Nikhil Nagara and creative coder Gaurav Singh to converse at the intersection of their practices. Heubusch poses questions such as: How is touch perceived when we, as bodies, experience live 'contact' through modern technology? What do we experience as being body in the digital realm?
Avril Stormy Unger physically responds to sound that is generated by live Twitter data; popular hashtags, terms that according to statistics have the most “weight” concerning current mental health conditions.

Take What You Need
Web based physical work
In collaboratioin with Kaldi Moss(Sultana Zana)
Exhibited at Gallery Lock-in, Brighton, UK (2021)

This work is reproducible and destroys itself in its own performance- people take parts of it as they interact with it. Its success can be measured by the logic of virality rather than ‘ownership’. No one owns the work. It is a happening. This work also holds within it a network, as well as the possibility of creating connections. Each strip can be thought of as a node.
The work evokes the pre-internet space of the city, one that has been co-opted by social media platforms, allowing people to think they can constantly and immediately ‘take what they need’. These platforms have become an excuse for circumventing situations of confrontation within the political and social reality in which we live. For the artists, they see this overuse as ironic or even slapstick.
Each strip begs the question of what one needs, what one wants and places it in the context of other human realities – in your own neighbourhood or halfway across the planet.
Seen in the light of Frieze Art Fair in London, this work attempts to make contradictions apparent without accusing the user but by allowing one to confront the sheer irony of the system that places us where we are.

i think it sucks
Artist book/zine
In collaboration with Renuka Rajiv
Exhibited at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, IN (2020)

‘i think it sucks’ is an artist book documenting the months of March to September 2020. The accordion format book acts as a time capsule and is a critique of the millenial generation as they grapple with the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic. The interweaving of fiction and nonfiction, reality and satire, coexistence and conflict, fear, love, sexuality, desire and privilege were explored. Using the body, performance and photography along with text, newspaper clips, graffiti the initial months of the pandemic experience was documented.

In collaboration with Urban Folk Project
Exhibited at Basava and Renukamma Temple, Bengaluru, IN (2020)

‘Ritual of Strength’ is a response to the current socio-political scenario in India. Performed in collaboration with Urban folk project, this production draws its creative aesthetics from rituals such as those of the Goddess Yellamma.
This production attempts to bring people together to celebrate the power of folk arts and strengthen new-found solidarity and ready our voices to replace forces of institutionalised hate with harmony. A series of live arts rituals were conceptualised and performed to compliment the stories and emotions that were evoked through these songs.

Preethi Ellidhey
In collaboration with Aravani Art Project
Exchibited at Cubbon Park, Bengaluru, IN (2019)

'Preethi Ellidhey' translates to 'Where is the love' is a sharing of stories of love and sex by transwomen working with The Aravani Art Project The work is a performative story-telling walk through Cubbon Park, Bangalore recalling a loved and lost public space that acted as the centre for self discovery, solidarity, sex work, love and loss for the queer and trans community of Bengaluru.
Personal narratives and experiences surrounding agency and autonomy of trans bodies are performed by members of the community using performance, poetry, narration and song.
Supported by India Foundation for the Arts under the Project 560 Programme.

Collaboration with JLIN
Exhibited at Unsound Festival, In collaboration with MFO and Teresa Baumgartner, PL (2017), Boiler Room, Bengaluru, IN (2017), The Cakeshop, Seoul, KR (2016), Dada, Beijing, CN (2016), The Shelter, Shanghai, CN (2016), Mira Festival, In collaboration with Florence To, ES (2016) Unsound Festival, In collaboration with Florence To, Adelaide, AU (2016) and Unsound Festival, in collaboration with Florence To, Krakow, PL (2015)

Worked directly with Jlin to conceptualise and choreograph performances to a wide range of her original sounds for her album ‘Black Origami’ using folk and regional dance forms from India.

Performance video
In collaboration with Nabi and _RHL
Exhibited online (2016)

A collaboration with Cairo based Filmmaker and Visual Artist Nabi un.root is an experiment that explores the essence of loss of natural spaces to urban structures.

Exhibited at Double Road Flyover, Benagluru, IN (2014)

Investment Zone is a participatory art work and reality game where 10 artists in Germany and 10 artists in India were invited to make use of a plot of abandoned land and transform it over the course of six months.

Exhibited at Rangasthala, Bengaluru, IN (2014)

Recap interweaves the work of 3 independent productions (Fearless - Avril Stormy Unger, 3 Knots - Sowmya Jaganmurthy & Monki C Monki Do - Archana Kumar) to create a unique 60 minute performance with an original score.

Exhibited at Bflat Bangalore, Bengaluru, IN (2014) and Alliance Francoise, Bengaluru, IN (2014)

Inspired by the desire to create a visual expression for Sulk Station's emotionally rich music and lyrics through movement. Sulk Station’s songs are a mix of contemporary electronic genres with traces of Indian classical music.

Also collaborated with and choreographed pieces for musical acts like MADAME GANDHI(US), TELEFON TEL AVIV(US), PINKNOISE(IND) and others

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COSCO-NECT - Mental health within the arts 
Online 2021
Was part of a panel discussion hosted by Citizens of stage, Bangalore surrounding mental health is the pandemic and the effect of it on artists. The panel included Brinda Jacob-Janvrin, Marcel Schwald, Nimi Ravindran, Paramita Saha and Diya Naidu.

A Different Invisible: LBT Voices and Perspectives on Marginalization and Harmful Interventions
Online 2020
Was part of a panel organized by The Humsafar Trust and it’s LGBTQIA+ community partners Umang, Yaariyan and Sanjivini. Was a panelist representing the artist community and mental health professionals. The panel included Maya Sharma, Amritananda Chakravorty, Raj Kanaujia and was moderated by Sonal Giani.

Polyamory: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Bangalore 2019
Moderated a panel discussion organized by Bangalore Polycules with panelists Kris, Rish, Basit and Suneel.

Krakow 2017

Moderated by Frankie Decaisa Hutchinson, I was a panelists along with Umfang, Noncompliant, Jlin and founder of VTSS and FOQL at Unsound Festival in Poland

Conversation on Public Art
Bangalore 2016
Moderated a panel discussion including artists Poornima Sukumar, Ria Rajan and Akshaya Narasimhan at Church Street Social


‘Being Body’
Nov 22
Facilitated a body workshop with Lena Heubusch around releasing traumas held in the body using movement based tools, Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bengaluru, IN

‘Still Alive’
Dec ‘17
Facilitated a workshop with Felizitas Stilleke for art students from Sri Ravi Varma Art Institute in Mysore, India

Public Performance Workshop - Student Biennale
Nov ‘16
Facilitated a workshop with Josephine Simone for the Student Biennale, curated by Vivek Chockalingam at the KochiMuziris Biennale, India

Only Time Will Tell Workshop
Aug ‘15
Conducted workshop for corporate employees and artists at Walkin Studio in Bangalore, India


Courtyard Cafe 
2019 - 2022

Culture manager and curator of a mutidiscliplinary arts and culinary experience venue in Bangalore, IN

2017 - 2019
A recurring multimedia arts event in Bangalore, India

2014 - 2015
A monthly event showcasing folk, classical and comtemporary dance forms at alternate and unconventional venues. Hosted at The Humming Tree, Bangalore, India

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