Artists > Gauri Gill

GAURI GILL and RAJESH VANGAD, Gods of the Home and Village, from the series ‘Fields of Sight’, 2014/2016, ink on archival pigment print, 106.6 x 157.4 cm / 42 x 62 in, Unique Print

Introduction

Gauri Gill (b. 1970) earned a BFA (Applied Art) from the College of Art, New Delhi, BFA (Photography) from Parsons School of Design in NYC, and MFA (Art) from Stanford University in California. She has exhibited within India and internationally, including the the Kochi Biennale; Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Wiener Library, London; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University and National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. Her work is in the collections of prominent North American and Indian institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt and Fotomuseum, Winterthur, and in 2011 she was awarded the Grange Prize, Canada’s foremost award for photography. Gill’s practice is complex because it contains several lines of pursuit. These include a now seventeen year long engagement with marginalised communities in rural Rajasthan -- including Notes from the Desert, Jannat, Balika Mela, Birth Series and Ruined Rainbow. She has explored human displacement and the immigrant experience in series such as The Americans and What Remains. Projects such as the 1984 notebooks highlight her sustained belief in collaboration and ‘active listening’, and in using photography as a memory practice. Her most recent series, Fields of Sight, is an equal collaboration with a renowned folk artist, combining the contemporary language of photography with the ancient one of Warli drawing to co-create new narratives. Working in both black and white and colour, Gill’s work addresses the twinned Indian identity markers of class and community as determinants of mobility and social behaviour. In her work, there is empathy, surprise, and a human concern over issues of survival


Born 1970 in New Delhi


M.F.A. (Art) Stanford University, California
B.F.A. (Photography), Parsons School of Design, New York
B.F.A. (Applied Art), Delhi College of Art, New Delhi

Lives in New Delhi

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016

    ‘Notes from the Desert: Photographs by Gauri Gill’, Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

  • 2016
    'The Mark on the Wall', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2014

    'Balika Mela' and 'Jannat', Thomas Erben Gallery, New York

  • 2012
    ‘Balika Mela’, Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi; Book Launch at Fotomuseum, Winterthur
  • 2011
    'What Remains', Green Cardamom Gallery, London
  • 2010
    'Notes from the Desert', Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi; Matthieu Foss Gallery, Mumbai; Fous Gallery, Chennai, Urmul Setu Sansthan, Lunkaransar
  • 2008 - 2011
    'The Americans', Bose Pacia Gallery, Kolkata; Chatterjee & Lal Gallery, Mumbai; Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi; Thomas Welton Art Gallery, Standford University; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago: Bose Pacia Gallery, New York: Missisauga Central Library, Missisauga

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2016-2017

    ‘Kochi-Muziris Biennale’, Kochi, Kerala

  • 2016

    'Dislocation/Negotiating Identity: Contemporary Photographs from South and Southeast Asia', Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton

  • 2016

    'Unsuspending Disbelief', curated by Laura Letinsky, Logan Gallery, University of Chicago, Chicago

  • 2016
    'Tabiyat: Medicine and Healing in India', curated by Ratan Vaswani, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
  • 2016
    'Jeevanchakra', curated by Latika Gupta, Akar Prakar, Kolkata
  • 2015
    'Picture This: Contemporary Photography and India', curated by Nathaniel Stein, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
  • 2015
    'Ruins and Fabrications', curated by Bakirathi Mani, Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia
  • 2015
    'POST DATE: Photography and Inherited History in India', curated by Jodi Throckmorton, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose; Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas
  • 2015
    'Nameless here for evermore', Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi
  • 2015
    'My Memory, Your History: Narratives on the North', Curated by Priya Pall, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
  • 2014
    'The Missing Pavilion', curated by Gayatri Sinha and JNU students, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi
  • 2014
    'Ways of Seeing: Gauri Gill and Seher Shah', Experimenter Gallery, Kolkata
  • 2014
    '1984', The Wiener Library, London
  • 2014
    ‘Rectangular Squares’, Curated by Esa Epstein, Sepia Eye Gallery, New York
  • 2014
    'Punctum Reflections on Photography', curated by Seamus Healey, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
  • 2014
    ‘Invisible Cities’, Curated by Bhooma Padmanabhan, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
  • 2014
    'Ganjad Portraits', Regal Cinema Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi; Ganjad Primary School, Ganjad
  • 2014
    'Forms of Activism: 25 years of Sahmat', Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
  • 2014
    'Insert 2014', curated by Raqs Media Collective, Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, New Delhi
  • 2013
    'Aesthetic Bind, Citizen Artist: forms of address', curated by Geeta Kapur, Chemould Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2013
    'Delhi Photo Festival', Habitat Center, New Delhi
  • 2013
    'Lines of Control: Partition as a productive space', curated by Iftikhar Dadi and Hammad Nasar, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • 2013
    'Duende', Curated by Gitanjali Dang, Rote Fabrik, Zurich
  • 2013
    'A Photograph is Not an Opinion – Contemporary Photography by Women', Curated by Sunil Gupta and Veerangana Solanki, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2012
    'The Needle on the Gauge', curated by Ranjit Hoskote, The Contemporary Art Institute of Southern Australia, Adelaide
  • 2012
    'There Was A Country Where They Were All Thieves', curated by Natasha Ginwala, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam
  • 2012
    'The Portrait: Contemporary Indian Photography', curated by Devika Daulet-Singh, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
  • 2012
    ‘Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space’, Curated by Hammad Nasar, Iftikhar Dadi and Ellen Avril, Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University; Nasher Museum, Duke University
  • 2012
    ‘Cynical Love: Life in the Everyday’, Curated by Gayatri Sinha, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
  • 2011
    The Grange Prize Exhibition, curated by Michelle Jacques, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto 
  • 2011
    'Step Across This Line', Contemporary artists from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, curated by Deeksha Nath, Asia House, London
  • 2011
    'The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India', curated by Betti-Sue Hertz, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
  • 2011
    'Generation in Transition', curated by Magda Kardasz, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
  • 2011
    'Staging Selves: Power, Performativity and Portraiture', curated by Maya Kovskaya, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2011
    'Homespun', curated by Girish Shahane, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi
  • 2011
    'Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora', Curated by Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, SF State Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2011
    'The Americans', curated by Haema Sivanesan, Mississauga Central Library, Mississauga
  • 2011
    ‘Something I’ve been meaning to tell you’, Curated by Sunil Gupta and Vidya Shivadas, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
  • 2011
    ‘Hall of Technology’, Artist Project, Indian Art Summit, New Delhi
  • 2010
    ‘Light Drifts’, Curated by Eve Lemesle, Matthieu Foss Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2010
    'US TODAY: AFTER KATRINA', curated by Phillipe Durand and Joerg Bader, Institut d'art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, Lyon
  • 2010
    'Docu Tour', curated by Bose Krishnamachari, BMB Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2010
    'Where Three Dreams Cross – 150 years of photography from India', Pakistan and Bangladesh, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland, curated by Sunil Gupta
  • 2010
    'Punctum 1 – A critical look at the landscape in South Asian Photography', curated by Arshiya Lonkhandwala, Lakeeren, Mumbai
  • 2009
    'Outside In: Indian Art Abroad', curated by Courtney Gilbert, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Idaho
  • 2009
    'Rememory', Two-person show with Tomoko Yoneda, Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Lausanne
  • 2009
    ‘The Astonishment of Being’, Curated by Deeksha Nath, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
  • 2009
    ‘The Self and The Other - Portraiture in Contemporary Indian Photography’, Curated by Luisa Ortinez and Devika Daulet Singh, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge of the Institut de Cultura (City Council of Barcelona), Palau de La Virreina. Exhibition travels to Atrium in Vitoria
  • 2009
    'Shifting Shapes –Unstable Signs', curated by Robert Storr and Jaret Vadehra, Yale Art Gallery, Yale University, New Haven
  • 2008
    ‘The Nature of the City’, Curated by Alexander Keefe and Nitin Mukul, Religare Art Gallery, New Delhi
  • 2008
    ‘Zeitgeist’, Curated by Latika Gupta, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
  • 2008
    'Click! Indian Photography Now', Curated by Sunil Gupta and Radhika Singh, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi and London 
  • 2007
    'City Cite Site', Curated by Latika Gupta, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi
  • 2007

    'Photoquai', Curated by Helene Cerruti, Musee Quai Branly, Paris 

  • 2007
    'Public Places, Private Spaces' - Contemporary Photography and Video Art in India, Curated by Paul Sternberger and Gayatri Sinha, The Newark Museum, New Jersey 
  • 2007
    'Autoportraits', Photographic portfolio of 12 Indian artists, Khoj at Freize Art Fair, London
  • 2007
    'Gill and Gupta', Two person show with Sunil Gupta, India International Center, New Delhi 
  • 2007
    'I fear I believe I desire', Curated by Gayatri Sinha, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
  • 2005
    ‘Women Photographers from SAARC countries', Curated by Alka Pande, Italian Cultural Center, New Delhi
  • 2002
    Award Winners Show, Fifty Crows Foundation, San Francisco 
  • 1998
    'In Black and White' - What has Independence meant for Women, Curated by Bisakha Dutta, Point of View, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi; Admit One Gallery, New York
  • 1995
    Alliance Francaise prizewinners exhibition, exhibition traveled all over India 

Awards / Residencies

  • 2013

    Arts Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy

  • 2013
    Wall Art Residency, Ganjad village, Maharashtra
  • 2012
    Residency at Space 118, Mumbai
  • 2011
    Grange Prize, Toronto
  • 2011
    Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. Residency on New Media organized by Lalit Kala Akademi
  • 2005
    Photography Residency at Khoj, New Delhi
  • 2002
    Fifty Crows Award, San Francisco
  • 2001
    Anita Squires Fowler Memorial Fund in Photography, Stanford University
  • 2000
    Nathan Oliviera Fellowship, Stanford University
  • 1995
    Alliance Francaise National Photography Contest, New Delhi

Books

  • 2013-2014

    1984, document released on Kafila.org, free to download, New Delhi 

  • 2012
    Balika Mela, published by Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich
  • 2008
    The Americans, published by Nature Morte/Bose Pacia 

Collections

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York

  • Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
  • Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt
  • San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
  • Fotomuseum, Winterthur
  • Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi

Curating

  • 2010

    ‘Transportraits’, Curated an exhibition on women navigating public places in the city for the feminist activist group Jagori, to coincide with the Delhi Declaration on Women's Safety, New Delhi; the exhibit later travelled to schools and colleges across India.

  • 2005
    'Nobody's Children', Curated Tarun Chhabra’s photographic work with Delhi's street children for NGO Youthreach, India Habitat Center, New Delhi.
  • 2005
    ‘1000 Peace Women across the Globe’, Photographed and exhibited images and text about the work of women activists across India for the activist group, Sangath. The work was shown in Delhi, Kashmir and the Northeast and later published as a book by Scalo.

Teaching and Talks

  • 2015

    Master Class at FICA, New Delhi (November)

  • 2015
    Workshop with MA class in Visual Arts, Ambedkar University, New Delhi (April)
  • 2014
    Workshop with MA class on Contemporary Practice, NID Ahmedabad (December)
  • 2012
    Workshop with MA class on Contemporary Practice, NID Ahmedabad (December)
  • 2012
    Part of external jury and subsequent workshop with the MA class at NID, Ahmedabad (November - December)
  • 2003-2008
    High School and Middle School photography at the American School, New Delhi  (August - December)
  • 2007
    Presentation and exhibition, Center for Social Action, Christ College, Bangalore (November)
  • 2007
    Workshop with local photographers, Goethe Institute, Kabul (April)
  • 2003-2005
    Series of workshops with local teenage girls through Urmul Setu Sansthan, Lunkaransar
  • 2002
    Photography I, Cantor Center for the Arts, Stanford University (June - July)
  • 2002
    Workshop on photography in Visual Anthropology seminar, Stanford University (February)
  • 2001
    Presented work in Jim Goldberg's class on Documentary Photography, California College of Arts and Crafts (November)
  • 1996
    Workshop on 'the personal voice in documentary photography’, Apeejay Institute of Design, New Delhi (September)

Other

  • 2006 - 2011

    Co-editor at 'Camerawork Delhi' a free newsletter about independent photography from New Delhi and elsewhere

  • 1995 - 2000
    Photojournalist with ‘Outlook’ magazine, New Delhi, as well as freelance work for various other publications.

Selected Bibliography

  • 2017

    Prajna Desai: The Kids Aren’t All Right, Aperture magazine

  • 2016
    Nabil Ahmed: Negative Moment: Political Geology in the Twenty - First Century, South, documenta 14, Issue 3, 
  • 2016
    Annalisa Merelli: When an ancient tribal art depicts modern Indian life, Quartz India
  • 2016
    Pooja Pillai: Stitched in Time, Indian Express newspaper
  • 2016
    Nancy Adajania: Bearing Witness: Creations of the “Human Hand” in Gauri Gill’s photography, The Wire
  • 2016
    Reema Gehi: Retellings, Mumbai Mirror newspaper
  • 2016
    Chanpreet Khurana: The art of slowing down, Mint newspaper
  • 2015
    Inderpal Grewal: Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad, Fields of Sight, Trans Asia Photography Review
  • 2015
    Portfolio: ‘Another Way of Seeing, Granta magazine
  • 2014
    The Salon: Conversation between Lola Mac Dougall and Gauri Gill, Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism
  • 2014
    Jaideep Mazumdar: ‘Ways of speaking a trillion words, Times of India newspaper
  • 2014
    Somak Ghosal: ‘Eye Spy: The work of mourning’ Mint newspaper
  • 2014
    Deeksha Nath: ‘Violence and Resistance’ Review of Forms of Activism, Frontline magazine
  • 2013
    Geeta Kapur: ‘Aesthetic Bind, Citizen Artist: forms of address
  • 2013
    Jaspreet Singh: ‘Thomas Bernhard in New Delhi’, New York Times
  • 2013
    Avtar Singh: ‘Returning to 1984’, Timeout magazine, New Delhi
  • 2013
    Neha Thirani: 1984, ‘Mumbai’s ‘Focus’ Festival Showcases Women Photographers'. New York Times
  • 2012
    Portfolio: ‘Extra-Urban’, Domus, Mumbai 
  • 2012
    Aditi Saxton: ‘Do you see what I see’, Review of Balika Mela, Tehelka magazine
  • 2012
    Trisha Gupta: ‘What is the ‘real you’, and other questions about photo portraits’, Sunday Guardian newspaper
  • 2012
    Rosalyn D’Mello: ‘Gauri Gill’s New Book is a Chapter in the Art of Portraiture’, Artinfo.com
  • 2012
    Nao Katagiri: ‘New generation of Indian Artists’, Bird magazine, Tokyo
  • 2011
    Murtaza Vali: ‘Eluding Presence: Portraiture in South Asian Photography’, Trans Asia Photography Review
  • 2011
    Portfolio: ‘Balika Mela’, Inge Morath Foundation
  • 2011
    Christopher Lord: ‘Professional and amateur pictures of war-ravaged Kabul on show in London’, Review in The National newspaper, Abu Dhabi 
  • 2010
    Neha Thirani: ‘The Peacocks on the Periphery’, Review in Times of India newspaper, Mumbai 
  • 2010
    Zeenat Nagre: ‘State of Discomfort’, Review in Time Out magazine, Mumbai 
  • 2010
    Anita Dube: ‘Notes on Gauri Gill’s Notes from the Desert’, Art India Magazine, Mumbai 
  • 2010

    Portfolio: ‘Notes from the Desert’, Du magazine, Zurich

  • 2010
    Maya Kovskaya: Review in www.Artinfo.com
  • 2010

    Jane Mikkelsen: ‘Nomad Land’, Review in Timeout magazine, New Delhi     

  • 2010
    Mario Cresci and Radu Stern: ‘Future Images – A Collection of the World’s Best Young Photographers’, 24Ore Motta Cultura, Italy 
  • 2010
    Von Feli Schindler: ‘Bilder des Glücks und der Tristesse’, Review in Tages Anzeiger newspaper, Zurich 
  • 2010
    Portfolio: ‘Balika Mela Portraits’, Ojodopez, Spain 
  • 2010
    Portfolio: ‘The Americans’, Gup Magazine, The Netherlands
  • 2010
    Deepanjana Pal: ‘Beyond Photoshop’, Review in The Caravan magazine, New Delhi 
  • 2010
    Alexander Keefe: ‘On Nizamuddin at Night’, Essay in Marg magazine, Mumbai 
  • 2010
    Veerangana Solanki: ‘More than a thousand words’, Review in The Economic Times newspaper, New Delhi 
  • 2010
    Himanshu Bhagat: ‘Art of the Here and Now’, Review in Mint newspaper, New Delhi 
  • 2010
    Bakirathi Mani: ‘Viewing South Asia, Seeing America: Gauri Gill’s “The Americans”’, Essay in American Quarterly, March  
  • 2010
    Deeksha Nath: ‘The Americans’, Essay in Special Issue edited by Shaheen Merali, Black, Take on Art Magazine, New Delhi 
  • 2010
    Nilanjana Roy: 'Fighting for safe passage on Indian Streets', NYT
  • 2010
    Ravi Agarwal: ‘Interview for KHOJ BOOK - Ten years of Khoj Artists’, New Delhi 
  • 2009
    Paul Sternberger: ‘Me, Myself and India’, Essay in Photographies, London  
  • 2008
    Christopher Pinney: Comments on The Americans, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago 
  • 2009
    Portfolio: ‘Urban Landscapes’, Private Photo Review, France 
  • 2008
    Marina Budhos: ‘The Uneven Promise of a New Land’, Essay on The Americans, Tehelka magazine, New Delhi 
  • 2008
    Aveek Sen: ‘Vast Native Thoughts’, Review in Telegraph newspaper, Kolkata 
  • 2008
    Gayatri Sinha: Essay for The Americans, New Delhi
  • 2008
    Holland Cotter: ‘INDIA Public Places/Private Spaces Contemporary Photography and Video Art’, Review in New York Times newspaper, January  
  • 2008
    Ella Dutta: ‘Holding the city open’, Review on Art India magazine, Mumbai
  • 2007
    Bandeep Singh: ‘Personal Light’, Review in India Today magazine, New Delhi