Artist Talk: Poulomi Basu


Gain insight to the practice of artist Poulomi Basu

From Centralia , 2020 © Poulomi Basu, Courtesy of the artist

Artist Talk: Poulomi Basu


Gain insight to the practice of artist Poulomi Basu

This event is part of our Past Programme

To celebrate the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2021, join Poulomi Basu in the penultimate event in our series of four artist talks featuring this year's nominees who reflect the most influential practitioners working now.

Shortlisted for Centralia, the resulting publication of a long-term project undertaken by the transmedia artist that looks at contemporary conflict in India, Basu pushes documentary photography to explore the futurity of the region in relation to current events. In this public discussion, the artist will give insight into her approach to representing violence, environmental and climate justice, and gender inequality in her work.

This talk will be moderated by broadcaster, journalist and artist Bidisha

Details on how to access the talk will be confirmed upon registration. Please check your junk folders if you haven't received an email from TPG staff confirming your place. 

Watch Live from Wed 4 Aug at 18.30 BST


Poulomi Basu (b. 1983) is an award winning Indian transmedia artist and activist, widely known for advocating for the rights of women. For her book, Centralia, she has created a complex and brutally effective body of work that uncovers the violent, largely unreported, conflict between a marginalised community of indigenous people fighting under the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) and the Indian state. The project further addresses wider issues of environmental and climate justice, the role of women often battling inequality on multiple fronts and the representation of these conflicts in Western societies.

Bidisha is a broadcaster, journalist and artist working with film and stills. Her latest publication is an essay called The Future of Serious Art (2020) and  latest film series Aurora launched in 2020 and is ongoingAs a journalist and broadcaster, Bidisha specialises in international human rights, social justice and the arts and culture and offers political analysis, arts critique and cultural diplomacy tying these interests together. She writes for the main UK broadsheets (currently as an arts critic for The Observer and The Guardian) and presents and commentates for BBC TV and radio, ITN, CNN, ViacomCBS and Sky News. Her fifth book,  Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices  (2015), is based on her outreach work in UK prisons, refugee charities and detention centres. Her first short film, An Impossible Poison, received its London premier in March 2018. It has been highly critically acclaimed and selected for numerous international film festivals.

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