Poulomi Basu

4 March - 4 June 2022

Free Exhibition
Curated by Bindi Vora



Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK



Visitors are asked to pre-book a free ticket. Tickets will be released nearer the date of the exhibition.



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Autograph is developing the international debut of Indian transmedia artist and activist Poulomi Basu’s new series Fireflies. This deeply personal work navigates trauma, resistance, freedom and power, told through the relationship between the artist and her mother.

“The work is a response to the trauma of my own background as told through the relationship between my mother and I. When I was 17, my mother told me to leave home so that I would be able to live a life of freedom and choice that had been denied to her, and my grandmother, who were both child brides and then young widows.”

— Poulomi Basu

One of Autograph’s core aims has always been to enable artists to develop their practice. In January 2020, we sent Basu on the Autograph / Light Work residency to support the creation of Fireflies. Her residency was part of our annual partnership with Light Work in Syracuse, New York – a non-profit, artist-run organisation providing direct support to emerging and under-represented artists working in photography.

The Poulomi Basu: Fireflies exhibition will debut at Autograph's gallery in Hackney, London with a new moving image piece alongside a selection of photographs.


Poulomi Basu, from Fireflies, 2019 - ongoing


Poulomi Basu, still from the film Fireflies

Poulomi Basu, from Fireflies, 2019 - ongoing

Poulomi Basu, still from the film Fireflies

about the artist

Poulomi Basu (b. 1983)

Basu’s work advocates for the rights of marginalised women using the power of photography as a tool for storytelling - amplifying the voices of women from the majority world. An Indian artist, photographer, and activist, she has become widely known for her powerful 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 won the 2020 Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award Jury Prize and has been shorlisted for the 2021 Deutsche Borse Foundation Photography Prize.

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

discover more

Long Read: Interview with Poulomi Basu

“I owe it to the women who have opened themselves up to me. I want them to know that we are fighting this oppression together. And we are doing this with agency. Our collective voice of resistance.”


latest updates

Fireflies accessioned into Autograph's collection of photography

In June 2021, we accessioned 22 works from the series to Autograph's Collection of Photography.

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Images, from top: 1 and 2) Poulomi Basu, from Fireflies [detail], 2019 - ongoing. 3 and 5) Poulomi Basi, stills from the film Fireflies. 4) Poulomi Basu, from Fireflies, 2019 - ongoing. 6) Poulomi Basu, photograph by Maria Lax. 7) Poulomi Basu, from Centralia [detail], 2019 - present. 8) Poulomi Basu at Autograph's gallery in Hackney.

All image by Poulomi Basu © and courtesy the artist