Work by Arpita Shah from the series ‘Nalini’, shown at Street Level Photoworks in 2019, is included in Light Work’s 50th Anniversary exhibition on now at Everson Museum, Syracuse NY, featuring a selection of photographs from their permanent collection. It follows her residency there through Autograph ABP. Remarkable in its breadth and depth, Light Work’s 50th Anniversary exhibition is a thoughtful composition of photographic works that have come into Light Work’s (@lightworkorg) permanent collection over the past fifty years through the generosity of former artist-in-residence participants, Grant Awardees, and individual donations. Highlights in the show include early works from acclaimed photographers Dawoud Bey, Carrie Mae Weems, James Welling, and more.
More information on the 50th Anniversary: Selections from Light Work Collection exhibition can be found here.
Arpita Shah also has launched a new publication to accompany work commissioned by GRAIN projects. The Modern Muse portraits visually and conceptually explore the ever shifting identities and representations of South Asian women. Shah draws from and subverts Mughal and Indian miniature paintings from ancient and pre-Colonial times as she examines the intersections of culture and identity, drawing on the women’s lived experiences and her own journey and life.
As part of the publication GRAIN commissioned new writing by Alina Khakoo. ‘Modern Muse & South Asian Feminism’ explores these portraits as a collective and community within a social genre. A further legacy for the series is the acquisition of the portraits by Birmingham Museums Trust.
Order Modern Muse via Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery online shop here.
Images (l) Haseebah’ Modern Muse © Arpita Shah (r) Modern Muse publication produced by GRAIN projects
Scottish photographer and co-founder of Document Scotland, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert is one of exhibiting photographers at this year’s Xposure International Photography Festival exhibiting his Unsullied & Untarnished – the Common Ridings of Scotland project.
Xposure takes place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and hosts exhibitions from highly acclaimed International Photographers, professional institutes and galleries representing Photographers from around the world.
Image: Common Riding festivities in Selkirk, Scotland, June 2013 by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert