Photo Live: Sonal Kantaria

Wed 6 Oct 2021 | 11am - 12pm London | 9 - 10pm Melbourne

In partnership with Photo Australia

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Join artist Sonal Kantaria (UK) in conversation about her practice with Torika Bolatagici, artist and senior lecturer at Deakin University (Australia).

This event is part of an international season of PHOTO LIVE talks presented by Photo Australia, Melbourne in collaboration with Autograph. The ten free online conversations between artists, photographers and curators from Australia and the UK will explore ideas of identity and belonging in the context of human rights, representation, and social justice. This program highlights the importance of centring black, Indigenous, feminist, queer and other marginalised voices and storytelling in photography.

These talks are part of our exhibition Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other and are taking place in the lead up to PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography (29 April – 22 May 2022).

about the artist


Sonal Kantaria

Sonal Kantaria is a British Indian visual artist whose practice explores themes of movement, settlement, representation and cultural identity. Her interdisciplinary research-led practice is concerned with history, trauma and memory, investigating different forms of resistance through photography, video and text. Her works have been included in exhibitions at the Magenta Foundation, Toronto; Delhi Photo Festival; Perth Centre for Photography; IKON Gallery, Birmingham; and Whitechapel Gallery, London. Her works are held in the Wesfarmers Art Collection (Australia) and the Parliament Art Collection (UK). She is represented by Finkelstein Gallery (Australia).

You can follow the artist on Instagram and see more of Kantaria's work on her website.

About Photo Australia

Photo Australia produces PHOTO International Festival of Photography in Melbourne and across regional Victoria. Delivered in collaboration with over 40 cultural institutions, museums, galleries and universities, the Festival features free exhibitions, outdoor displays and artist commissions, alongside events and education programs. The Festival invites artists, curators, writers, academics and audiences to interrogate the major issues of our time through a central theme. The theme for PHOTO 2022 is ‘Being Human’ and the Festival will run from 29 April to 22 May 2022.

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This program is part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22—a collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. The theme of the Season is ‘Who Are We Now?’ and will reflect on the shared history, current relationship and imagine the future of the two nations.

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Images, from top: 1) Sonal Kantaria, Dharti, 2020, from the comission Ghar. © and courtesy the artist, commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other. 2) Courtesy Sonal Kantaria. 3) PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography Install: Broomberg & Chanarin, Spirit is a Bone, 2013 Photo: J Forsyth

Discover more images, from top left: 1) Silvia Rosi, from Neither Could Exist Alone [detail], 2020. © and courtesy the artist, commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other. 2) Mohini Chandra, film still [detail] from: Belated, 2020. © and courtesy the artist. Commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other. 3 and 5) Sonal Kantaria, works from the commission Ghar [details]. © and courtesy the artist, commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other. 4) Sonal Kantaria, c. 2012. The residents pass their days in this room [detail]. 6) Poulomi Desai, from Our cultures are the portals - the gateways between one world and the next, 2020, © and courtesy the artist, commissioned by Autograph for Care I Contagion I Community – Self & Other.