As part of our ongoing curatorial research exploring women's relationships with the land, we're sharing this conversation between artist Poulomi Basu and Barbican's curator Alona Pardo, considering the contested notion of ecofeminism, the relationship between climate and gender justice and post-colonial and post-human spaces.
This live conversation took place in the context of Basu's exhibition Fireflies, which sought to navigate territory between the real and fantastical; explore possible futures and the revision of history; celebrate the strength and agency of women. The season continues with our current exhibition The Island by Mónica de Miranda.
has become widely known for her influential photographic projects Blood Speaks, Centralia, and To Conquer Her Land, to name a few. Her first photobook Centralia was published by Dewi Lewis in 2020. The book and exhibition won the 2020 Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award Jury Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Basu is a Sundance Fellow, National Geographic Explorer, and Magnum Foundation Social Justice Fellow. Her works are part of public collections, including Autograph, London (UK); Martin Parr Foundation (UK); Museum of Modern Art (Special Collections) (USA); Rencontres d’Arles (FR); Victoria and Albert (UK), amongst others.
is a Curator at Barbican Art Gallery, the Barbican Centre London. She has curated and edited several exhibitions and accompanying publications, including most recently: Masculinities: Liberation through Photography (2020); Trevor Paglen: From Apple to Anomaly (2019); Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing (2018); Vanessa Winship: And Time Folds (2018); Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (2018) and Richard Mosse: Incoming (2017), amongst others.
Read Pardo's Curator Conversation on 1000 Words
The Island, by Mónica de Miranda is on display at our gallery in Hackney, London until 22 October 2022.Find out more
Read a conversation between Poulomi Basu and Bindi Vora from May 2020
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