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Free Photography Exhibition by Gauri Gill


On the Western Broadwalk 

Talks & Ideas | Antidote 

“I think these are powerful voices, and I feel like part of my job as a photographer is just to listen.” 

Gauri Gill

We all wear a mask and play a role.

Gauri Gill asked more than 30 residents of the Kokna tribe in Maharashtra, India, who are renowned for making iconic papier-mâché masks for use in yearly carnivals, to create masks based on contemporary life in the village.

The interpretive creations were to come from them, with the suggestion that they embody different ages, distinctive individuals, the varied rasas (emotions) like love, sorrow, fear or anger, and those experiences common to all humans, such as sickness, relationships, or aging.

Gill then photographed the mask-makers and other actor-volunteers posing in them while improvising and enacting different 'real' scenarios—sweeping the ground, being ill in hospital, climbing a tree —in photographs that are darkly humorous and otherwordly all at once.

The subjects of Gill's photographs, while concealed by masks end up revealing much more.

More about the photograher...

Gauri Gill (b. 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, MoMA PS1, New York; Documenta 14, Athens and Kassel; Kochi Biennale; 7th Moscow Biennale; Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington; Wiener Library, London; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto 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, and in 2011 she was awarded the Grange Prize, Canada’s foremost award for photography. is a digital-based visual arts consultancy, led by curator Grace Partridge that harnesses the power of artists as activists, truth-tellers and revolutionaries. As creative consultants, we offer various services – from curation, events to writing to facilitating public programs. We don’t claim to create social change but instead aim to spark conversations that might. Working within a community framework, and representing a broad spectrum of cultural experience, Antidote supports artists and artworks to fill the silences and gaps in the industry. We are dedicated to combating apathy, one artwork at a time.

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