LondonPoulomi Basu: Fireflies
Curated by Bindi Vora
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 (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 shortlisted for the 2021 Deutsche Borse Foundation Photography Prize.
Poulomi Basu, from Fireflies, 2019 - ongoing. © and courtesy the artist