Talk: Poulomi Basu (virtual)
18.30 BST (on Zoom)
Join artist and activist Poulomi Basu in conversation with Bindi Vora
Through a practice that uses photography, moving image and installation, Poulomi Basu combines fact and fiction to reveal the injustices that continue to exist today in countries like India and Nepal—and the ongoing need for real and lasting social change. In this virtual talk with Bindi Vora (Autograph), Basu will discuss how activism, protest and resistance underpin her work as she examines the intersections of race, class and gender in the experience of systemic violence.
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Poulomi Basu is a transmedia artist and activist. Poulomi’s work has become widely known for advocating for the rights of women. She created Blood Speaks to utilise the power of visual storytelling/activism to result in tangible social change and amplify the voices of women from the majority world. Blood Speaks placed blood politics on the international agenda, resulting in a major policy change: the Nepalese government criminalised the practice of menstrual exile, which is resulting in the death and rape of women in 2018.
Blood Speaks VR films were selected for the Sundance New Frontiers Fellowship, and presented in SXSW in 2019 and is collected by Tribeca Film Institute. In 2019 Amnesty International noted her as an “important and brilliant human rights activist” fighting violence against women. In 2020 she published her first photobook Centralia, which is shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 Rencontres d'Arles Prix Decouverte Award and also awarded a National Geographic Explorer 2020 award.
She is the Director of Just Another Photo Festival, a traveling guerrilla visual media festival that democratizes photography by taking it to the people and forging new audiences.
Bindi Vora is the curatorial project manager at Autograph, London, an artist, and visiting lecturer. Since taking up the position at Autograph in 2018 she has co-curated solo exhibitions by Lola Flash and Maxine Walker—whose show will tour to the Midlands Art Centre in 2020. She previously held the position of curatorial assistant at the Hayward Gallery, organising exhibitions by Lee Bul: Crashing and commissioning the inaugural Hayward Billboard by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, as well as coordinating the 50th anniversary performances by Tai Shani, Florence Peake & Eve Stainton. Prior to the Hayward Gallery she curated the off-site commissions for The Photographers’ Gallery, which included the international touring exhibition Work, Rest & Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today, featuring thirty-eight acclaimed photographers and artists, In Fine Feather at Selfridges London, In Your Face at Liberty London.
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