Autograph has loaned 6 works by Indian transmedia artist Poulomi Basu to the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2021 exhibition in Germany.
The exhibition features the four artists shortlisted for the prestigious prize: Basu, Alejandro Cartagena, Cao Fei and Zineb Sedira. Their bold, wide-ranging projects cover geographical territories from Algeria to China and explore issues affecting both the local and the global – using photography as a means of challenging political realities to convey subjective truths.
Basu has been nominated for her book Centralia, published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2020. This work uncovers the violent, largely unreported, conflict between a marginalised community of indigenous people fighting under the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) and the Indian state.
The exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, which recognises artists and projects deemed to have made the most significant contribution to photography over the previous 12 months. The winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced at a special award ceremony held at The Photographers’ Gallery on 9 September 2021.
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 shortlisted 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.
“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.”Read
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