Autograph, London

Opening night
Poulomi Basu and Sutapa Biswas exhibitions

Thu 3 Mar 6 - 8:30pm

Free, booking essential

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Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK



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about the event

Join us to celebrate the launch of two powerful new exhibitions at Autograph's gallery in Hackney: the international debut of Poulomi Basu's series Fireflies, and the London premiere of Sutapa Biswas' acclaimed film Lumen. Through these exhibitions the artists illuminate journeys – across time, generations, continents – and the ripple effects of complex and turbulent pasts, visualising how matrilineal history has been shaped through the bloodlines of collective experience.

We are aware that there is a tube strike planned for Thursday and it may be more difficult for you to reach us. If you are able to make it to the gallery, we'd love to welcome you.

Poulomi Basu: Fireflies

In Fireflies, Indian artist and activist Poulomi Basu foregrounds the relationship between mother and daughter. Using photography, video and sound, Basu reflects on experiences of trauma – particularly patriarchal violence – navigating the claustrophobia of home, dreams of freedom, defiance, and transcendence. Curated by Bindi Vora.

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Sutapa Biswas: Lumen

Sutapa Biswas’ practice is underpinned by an interest in colonial histories and how this relates to gender, race and class. Where history has often marginalised the female voice, her new film Lumen reinstates it, not just as a mainstay of family and home but as an avatar of social conscience. Curated by Mark Sealy.

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ABOUT our openings

Everyone is welcome to Autograph's exhibition openings. We care about our visitors, staff, artists and community, and have measures in place to help ensure a safe visit, including limiting the number of guests at this event, and we are asking everyone to book a free ticket before attending.

Both galleries will be open, plus our studio and outdoor seating area. To help maintain distance, only a limited number of people can be admitted into the galleries at any one time. If there are busy periods during the event, you might be asked to briefly wait to enter the gallery or building, thank you for your patience.

The opening is an informal event, you can arrive and leave at any time. After the event, both exhibitions will be open from 4 March - 4 June 2022.



We look forward to welcoming you to Autograph. For more details about visiting, have a look at our Visit Us page, it has information about getting to the gallery, Covid-19 safety and accessibility.



Help us keep everyone safe. If you are able to, please wear a face covering during your visit.


limited numbers

For everyone's safety, we are limiting the number of people in the galleries throughout the event. There may be a short queue to enter during busy times.


Please take care of each other and maintain distance while at the event.


lateral flow test

We encourage guests to take a lateral flow test before attending.


hand sanitizer

Stations are positioned by the entrance


Accessible VEnue

Autograph welcomes people with all types of disabilities. Download our Access Guide for detailed access information.


accessible Toilets

Each floor has an accessible toilet. All toilets are single-occupancy and unisex.


Step freE

Our building and entrance is step free. A wheelchair accessible lift goes to all floors.

drinks not served

To minimise contact, drinks will not be served at this event.


Free tickets to this event can be booked on Eventbrite, by phoning Autograph at 020 7729 9200, or by emailing Tickets to Autograph's events are only available through Eventbrite and Autograph. Tickets obtained unofficially via social media or other platforms may not be genuine.


Please note that photography and/or filming will take place at this event. Images from this event may be used by Autograph and external press for marketing and promotional use, including: printed and online publicity, social media, press releases, or other use.

supported by

The spring exhibition season at Autograph is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation.  Poulomi Basu: Fireflies is additionally supported by Light Work and Beyond print. 

Sutapa Biswas film, Lumen, is co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art with Art Fund support through the Moving Image Fund for Museums. The commission has been additionally supported by Autograph. Produced by Film and Video Umbrella. Supported by Arts Council England.


Can you spare a few moments? Autograph is carrying out a survey to better understand who our digital audiences are. The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete. Anything you tell us will be kept confidential, is anonymous and will only be used for research purposes.

The information you provide will be held by Autograph and The Audience Agency, who are running the survey on our behalf. In compliance with GDPR, your data will be stored securely and will only be used for the purposes it was given.

You can take the survey here. Thank you!

Banner images: 1) Sutapa Biswas, Lumen, 2021, © Sutapa Biswas. Thanks to Carlotta Cardana⁠. 2 and 4) Poulomi Basu [detail], from Fireflies, 2019 - ongoing. © and courtesy the artist⁠. 3) Sutapa Biswas, Lumen, 2021, © Sutapa Biswas. 3, 4) 

Page images: 1) Poulomi Basu, from Fireflies, 2019 - ongoing. © and courtesy the artist⁠. 2) Sutapa Biswas, Lumen, 2021, © Sutapa Biswas. Thanks to Carlotta Cardana⁠. 3) Autograph in Hackney, London. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell