York, UK

Bindi Vora in conversation with Poulomi Basu at Future Now Symposium 2022

Thu 5 May 2022 3 - 4pm

Organised by Aesthetica Magazine



Yorkshire Museum
Museum Gardens, Museum Street
York YO1 7FR, UK


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Autograph's curator, Bindi Vora, will be in conversation with transmedia artist and activist Poulomi Basu at Aesthetica Magazine's event The Personal is Political. Together they will discuss how activism, protest and resistance underpins Basu's work, examining the intersections of race, class and gender and the experience of systemic violence.

Basu is known for her work advocating for the rights of marginalised women using the power of photography, video and sound as tools for storytelling, amplifying women’s voices from the majority world. She has become widely known for her influential photographic projects Blood Speaks, Centralia, To Conquer Her Land, and her most recent series Fireflies – exhibiting now at Autograph's gallery in Hackney, London.

Reflecting on the arc of Basu's creative practice, this conversation will touch upon some of the enduring legacies of women’s trauma.

Poulomi Basu: Fireflies is curated by Bindi Vora, and is on display at Autograph, London, until 4 June 2022. Find out more



Poulomi Basu

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.

Bindi Vora

Bindi Vora

is a British-Indian artist working with expanded photography, visiting lecturer and curator at Autograph a London-based non-profit arts charity that explores issues of identity, representation, human rights and social justice through photography.

Since joining Autograph she has curated Poulomi Basu: Fireflies (2022), co-curated Care I Contagion I Community ­– Self & Other (2021-22); Lola Flash: [sur]passing and Maxine Walker: Untitled (both 2019) and contributed to a series of in-conversations with multidisciplinary artists include Mónica Alcázar-Duarte, Maryam Wahid, Tobi Alexandra Falade, David Uzochukwu amongst others. She has independently curated Poulomi Basu: Centralia for Recontres d’Arles – Louis Roederer Discovery Award (2020); Let’s Go Through This Again (2018); her writing has appeared in publications by Maryam Wahid Zaibuinnisa (Midlands Art Centre, 2022); Another Country: British Documentary Photography Since 1945 (Thames & Hudson); FOAM Magazine, British Journal of Photography, and Loose Associations, participating in public programmes for London Art Fair, GRAIN Photo Hub, The Photographers Gallery amongst others. She currently serves on the Curatorial Advisory Board for Amber-Side Gallery, Newcastle.

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Poulomi Basu: Fireflies exhibition at Autograph

In her deeply emotive and powerful new series Fireflies, Poulomi Basu reflects on experiences of trauma – particularly patriarchal violence – navigating the claustrophobia of home, dreams of freedom, defiance, and transcendence.

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Long Read: Interview with Poulomi Basu

The artist discusses Fireflies and her creative practice with Autograph's Bindi Vora


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Banner image: 1) Poulomi Basu, from Fireflies [detail], 2019 - ongoing. Courtesy Poulomi Basu.

About the speakers: 1) Poulomi Basu, photograph by Maria Lax. 2) Bindi Vora. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell

Discover more: 1) Poulomi Basu: Fireflies exhibition at Autograph, London. Curated by Bindi Vora. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell. 2) Poulomi Basu, from Centralia [detail], 2010 - ongoing. Courtesy Poulomi Basu