Artist Talk: Gauri Gill

03:00pm - 04:30pm, Wed 15 May 2024

Photographer Gauri Gill discusses her nominated work Fields of Sight, giving insight into her collaboration with artist Rajesh Vangad and their complex depictions of India

 Black and white photograph of a person with their back turned, looking out to a forest, layered with Warli drawings over the image

Artist Talk: Gauri Gill

3:00pm, Wed 15 May 2024

Photographer Gauri Gill discusses her nominated work Fields of Sight, giving insight into her collaboration with artist Rajesh Vangad and their complex depictions of India

Hear photographer Gauri Gill in this new event as she talks through Fields of Sight, which she produced with Rajesh Vangad, her collaborator and co-nominee for this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. The project is an exploration of decolonisation, memory and environmental change through photography and drawing. Starting in Ganjad, Dahanu, Gauri’s photographs of the coastal town were later given to Rajesh to inscribe and embellish, reconfiguring them with people, streets, architecture, showing us the generational changes the land has undergone.

Joined by curator and art historian Devika Singh, Gauri will offer insights into her distinctive collaboration with the renowned Warli artist and how, together, they approached viewing and depicting the landscape through many layers of truth and history.

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Biographies

Gauri Gill is a Delhi based photographer. Her projects explore documentary photography through community-engaging methods using the medium as a memory practice. Gill’s work addresses the Indian identity markers of caste, class and community. She has exhibited within India and internationally; at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2023), BAMPFA, Berkeley (2020), the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2019), Chobimela, Dhaka (2019), Chennai Photo Biennale (2021 and 2019), Museum Tinguely, Basel (2018), MoMA PS1, New York (2018), Documenta 14, Athens and Kassel (2017), 7th Moscow Biennale (2017), Prospect 4, New Orleans (2017), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2016), San Jose Museum of Art (2015), The Wiener Library, London (2014) and Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010), among other places. She has also consistently exhibited at locations outside of the art world, including public libraries, rural schools and non-profit institutions. Her work is in the collections of prominent institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Museum, London; Smithsonian Institution, Washington and Fotomuseum, Winterthur.

Devika Singh is Senior Lecturer in Curating at the Courtauld. She was previously Curator, International Art at Tate Modern. Singh has also been Smuts Research Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge and a fellow at the Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art in Paris. She has curated exhibitions and collection displays at the CSMVS (Mumbai), Dhaka Art Summit, Dubai Design District, Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge) and Tate Modern. She is on the editorial group of the Oxford Art Journal and her writing has appeared widely in exhibition catalogues, art magazines and journals. Her book International Departures: Art in India after Independence came out with Reaktion Books in 2023.

 

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