Poulomi Basu

February 2020

Poulomi Basu is an Indian transmedia artist, photographer, and activist whose work advocating for the rights of women has received wide attention. In her practice she explores how the formation of identity intersects with geopolitics to reveal the deep, often hidden power structures in our societies. Born and raised in India, Basu spent her formative years in Calcutta, whose cinematic tradition provided early inspiration. Basu majored in Sociology, then completed her Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. She has exhibited internationally, was a Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellow in 2012, and won the Magnum Emergency Fund in 2016. She directs Just Another Photo Festival, a traveling guerilla visual media festival that democratizes photography by offering it to ordinary people and building new audiences. She is interested in the lives of those who quietly challenge the prevailing orthodoxies of their worlds. Her first book, Centralia, appeared in 2019.


This residency was co-sponsored by Autograph in London, England, a collaboration since 1996.