Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
GAURI GILL and RAJESH VANGAD, Gods of the Home and Village, from the series 'Fields of Sight', 2014/2016, ink on archival pigment print
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


Gauri Gill (b. 1970, Chandigarh, India) earned a BFA (Applied Art) from the College of Art, New Delhi; BFA (Photography) from Parsons School of Design/The New School, New York; and MFA (Art) from Stanford University, California. She has exhibited within India and internationally, including the Venice Biennale; Museum Tinguely, Basel; MoMA PS1, New York; Documenta 14, Athens and Kassel; Kochi Biennale; 7th Moscow Biennale; Wiener Library, London; and Whitechapel Gallery, London. Her work is in the collections of prominent institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Museum, London; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington and Fotomuseum, Winterthur. 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 an almost two decade long engagement with marginalised communities in rural Rajasthan called Notes from the Desert (since 1999)- this ongoing archive contains sub-series such as The Mark on the Wall, Traces, Birth Series, Jannat, Balika Mela, and Ruined Rainbow. She has explored human displacement and the migrant experience in 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. Beginning in early 2013, Fields of Sight is an equal collaboration with the renowned Adivasi artist, Rajesh Vangad, combining the contemporary language of photography with the ancient one of Warli drawing to co-create new narratives. In her recent body of work, Acts of Appearance, (2015 -), the artist has worked closely with the paper mache artists of the Kokna tribe in Maharashtra, using unique masks to tell fictional stories improvised together of contemporary life in the village. 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 it 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 and works in New Delhi

Solo Exhibitions

2019       'Object/Set: Gauri Gill's Act of Appearance', curated by Anna Lee, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio 
2019       'Acts of Appearance', curated by Grace Partridge for Antidote: A Festival of Ideas, Action and Change, Sydney Opera House, Sydney 
2018       'Traces', in dialogue with Jean Tinguely's Mengele - Totentanz, curated by Roland Wetzel, Museum Tinguely, Basel 
2018       'Acts of Appearance', Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi
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 and 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; Focus Gallery, Chennai; Urmul Setu
Sansthan, Lunkaransar
2008 - 11  'The Americans', Bose Pacia Gallery, Kolkata; Chatterjee and Lal Gallery, Mumbai; Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi; Thomas Welton
Art Gallery, Stanford University; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; Bose Pacia Gallery, New York; Missisauga Central Library, Missisauga

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020        'Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography', curated by Pippa Milne and Daniel Boetker-Smith, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria, Australia
2020        'When All That Is Solid Melts into Air: Exploring the Intersection of the Folk and the Modern in Postcolonial India', curated by UC Berkeley History of Art Assistant Professor Atreyee Gupta and BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder with Associate Curator Stephanie Cannizzo and undergraduate and graduate students 
2019        'Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel', Greg A. Hill; Christine Lalonde; and Rachelle Dickenson, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
2019        'Mask. In Present-Day Art', curated by Madeleine Schuppli and Yasmin Afschar, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
2019        'The Life of Things', Momenta Biennale de l'image, curated by Maria Wills Londoño with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson, Montreal 
2019        'Mask: The Art of Transformation', curated by Barbara Scheuermann, Kunstmuseum Bonn 
2019        'May you live in Interesting Times', Venice Biennale, curated by Ralph Rugoff, Venice 
2019        'Moving Still: Performative Photography in India', curated by Gayatri Sinha and Diana Freundl, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2019        'Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada', curated by Catherine Crowston and Jonathan Shaughnessy, Art Gallery of Alberta, Art Gallery of University of Toronto, Winnipeg Art Gallery
2019        'Chobimela', Dhaka, Bangladesh 
2019        'Chennai Biennale: Fauna of Mirrors', curated by N. Pushpamala, Chennai 
2018        'Nashashibi/Skaer: Thinking Through Other Artist', group exhibition curated by Rosaling Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer at Tate St Ives, UK
2018        'Bangkok Art Biennale', curated by Apinan Poshyananda, Bangkok  
2018        'Thinking Ahead', Erna Hecey Gallery, Luxembourg  
2018        'Divine Bodies', organised by Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
2018        'FotoFest 2018 Biennial-Indian Photographic & New Media Art', curated by Sunil Gupta and Steven Evans, Houston, Texas
2018        'A Beast, a God and a Line', Para Site, Hong Kong
2018        'Bearing Points', curated by Diana Campbell, Dhaka Art Summit,, Bangladesh
2018        'Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future', curated by Natasha Ginwala, ifa-Galerie, Stuttgart and Berlin 
2017        'Prospect 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp', Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker, New Orleans 
2017        'Memories from the Futures: Indian Modernities', curated by Catherine David, Centre Pompidou, Paris  
2017        '7th Moscow Biennale, Clouds?Forests', curated by Yoko Hasegawa, New Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow 
2017        'Documenta 14', Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk, Athens, Greece; Kassel, Germany
2017        'Balika Mela at ICP for International Womens Day', International Center for Photography, New York
2016-17   'forming in the pupil of an eye', curated by Sudarshan Shetty, 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 and '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
2014        'Aesthetic Bind Citizen Artist: forms of address', curated by Geeta Kapur, Chemould Gallery, Mumbai
2014        'Delhi Photo Festival', Habitat Center, New Delhi
2014        'Lines of Control: Partition as a productive space', curated by Iftikhar Dadi and Hammad Nasar, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
2014        'Duende', curated by Gitanjali Dang, Rote Fabrik, Zurich
2014        '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. Featured exhibition in Contact Photo Festival (solo)
2011        'Something I've been meaning to tell you', curated by Sunil Gupta and Vidya Shivadas, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010        'Hall of Technology', Artist Project, Indian Art Summit, New Delhi
2010        'Where Three Dreams Cross', curated by Sunil Gupta, 150 years of photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland
2010        'Punctum 1 – A critical look at the landscape in South Asian Photography', curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala, 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 


2014      1984, document released on, free to download, New Delhi 
2012      Balika Mela, published by Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich 
2008      The Americans, published by Nature Morte/Bose Pacia

Awards and Residencies

2018      India Today Art Award 
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 Academy
2005      Photography Residency at Khoj, New Delhi
2002      Fifty Crows Award, San Francisco
2001      Anita Squires Fowler Memorial Fund in Photography, Stanford University, 2001
2000      Nathan Oliviera Fellowship, Stanford University
1995      Alliance Francaise National Photography Contest, New Delhi 

Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Tate Museum, London
Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt
Philadelphia Museum of Art
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Fotomuseum, Winterthur
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
Ishara Art Foundation, Dubai 


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. 



Gauri Gill 'The Mark on the Wall'

April 15, 2016 - July 31, 2016