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Picture This: Contemporary Photography and India
December 6, 2015 - April 3, 2016
Treasure Map 006
Treasure Map 006, 1994–95 (negative); 2014–15 (print and painting)
Pamela Singh, Indian, born 1962
Inkjet print, hand painted
Image: 5 1/4 × 8 inches (13.3 × 20.3 cm)
Sheet: 8 1/2 × 11 inches (21.6 × 27.9 cm)
Purchased with funds contributed by The Paul and Emily Singer Family Foundation and The Shipley Miller Foundation, 2015-137-1
Picture This: Contemporary Photography and India
December 6, 2015 - April 3, 2016
Explore how four photographers connect personal experiences of India with global conversations of contemporary art.
Picture This features the work of four contemporary photographers for whom India is an important subject or setting: Gauri Gill, Sunil Gupta, Max Pinckers, and Pamela Singh. Diverse in nationality and place of residence, each of these artists brings a cosmopolitan perspective to his or her work. Whether photographing in rural Rajasthan or major cities like Mumbai or New York, they offer points of view that do not fit easily into categories of “insider” or “outsider.”

Like many contemporary photographers, the artists in this exhibition make imaginative use of the camera’s power to document reality. Their pictures pose questions about identity, self-representation, history, and truth; examine the social impact of photographic images; and envision experiences such as desire, love, and dislocation. In doing so, these photographers connect their personal relationship with India to themes and strategies central to contemporary artists across the globe.

About the Artists

Gauri Gill
Indian, born 1970
Gauri Gill’s work focuses on marginalized communities in India and the US, often with an emphasis on the lives of women and girls. Many of her projects—including the one featured in this exhibition—are born of long-term artistic and educational collaborations in the communities in which she works. Gill holds degrees in fine art from the Delhi College of Art, New Delhi; Parsons School of Design, New York; and Stanford University, California.

Sunil Gupta
Canadian, born India 1953
Sunil Gupta is an artist, writer, activist, and curator. His work explores the politics and experience of gay life, often in terms of his own identity as an HIV-positive Indian man living and working between Canada, the US, England, and India. Currently based in London and Delhi, he was educated at Concordia University, Montreal; the New School for Social Research, New York; and the Royal College of Art, London.

Max Pinckers
Belgian, born 1988
Max Pinckers was raised in Indonesia, Australia, Belgium, India, and Singapore and has worked extensively in Thailand, India, and Africa. His work pushes the boundaries of the documentary form to find new ways of describing contemporary social realities. Based in Brussels, Pinckers studied photography at the School of Arts at University College, Ghent, where he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the fine arts.

Pamela Singh
Indian, born 1962
Singh worked as a photojournalist during the 1990s, often covering the experiences of women. As a fine-art photographer, she uses self-portraiture to explore aspects of her inner self at an intersection with the outer, social world. Singh has lived and traveled widely in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. She trained at the Parsons School of Design, New York; the American College, Paris; and the International Center for Photography, New York.


Nathaniel Stein, Horace W. Goldsmith Curatorial Fellow in Photography


Julien Levy Gallery, first floor, Perelman Building