Gauri Gill (b. 1970) earned a BFA (Applied Art) from the Delhi College of Art in India, a BFA (Photography) from Parsons School of Design in NYC, and an MFA (Art) from Stanford University in California. She has exhibited within India and internationally, including the the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University; Philadelphia Museum of Art and National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. Recent solo shows include Thomas Erben Gallery, New York; the Experimenter Gallery, Kolkata and the Wiener Library, London. Her work is in the collections of prominent North American and Indian institutions, including the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and Fotomuseum, Winterthur in Switzerland, 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 more than decade-long study of marginalised communities in rural Rajasthan -- including Notes from the Desert, Jannat, Balika Mela, Birth Series and Ruined Rainbow Pictures. 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.