Gauri Gill 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. Her 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—this ongoing archive contains series such as The Mark on the Wall, Traces, Jannat, Balika Mela, Birth Series and Ruined Rainbow. She has explored human displacement and the immigrant experience 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 Adivasi 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.

Gauri Gill
Gauri Gill
Chandigarh, 1970

Past Exhibitions

Fabric(ated) Fractures

09/03/2019 — 23/03/2019

Gauri Gill. Traces

Museum Tinguely
13/06/2018 — 01/11/2018

A Beast, a God, and a Line

Para Site
16/03/2018 — 20/05/2018

Solo Shows

Traces’, in dialogue with Jean Tinguely’s Mengele-Totentanz, Museum Tinguely, Basel
‘Project 108: Gauri Gill’, MoMA PS1, New York
‘Acts of Appearance’, Nature Morte, New Delhi

Notes from the Desert: Photographs by Gauri Gill’, Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA The Mark on the Wall, Galerie Mirchandani and Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

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

Balika Mela, Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi; Book Launch at Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland

What Remains, Green Cardamom Gallery, London, UK

Group Shows

‘Divine Bodies’, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
‘FotoFest 2018 Biennial – Indian Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art’, Houston, Texas
‘A Beast, a God and a Line’, Para Site, Hong Kong
‘Bearing Points’, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh
‘Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future’, ifa Gallery, Berlin and Stuttgart

Prospect 4: The Lotus In Spite Of The Swamp, Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker, New Orleans, USA
Memories from the Futures: Indian Modernities, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France 7th Moscow Biennale, Clouds⇄Forests, New Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Documenta 14’, Athens, Greece; Kassel, Germany
Balika Mela at ICP for International Womens Day’, International Center for Photography, New York, USA

Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, Kerala, India

Dislocation/Negotiating Identity: Contemporary Photographs from South and Southeast Asia, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, UK
Unsuspending Disbelief, Logan Gallery, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA Tabiyat: Medicine and Healing in India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai and ‘Jeevanchakra’, Akar Prakar, Kolkata, India

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Chandigarh Country of birth: India Date of birth: 1970 Lives in: New Delhi, India