Gauri Gill earned a BFA (Applied Art) from the Delhi College of Art, New Delhi, a BFA (Photography) from Parsons School of Design, New York and an MFA (Art) from Stanford University, California, and now lives and works in Delhi. Her photographs have been exhibited in several leading institutions, including the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Yale Art Gallery, New Haven; JNU School of Art and Aesthetics, New Delhi; Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg and the National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. Recent solo shows include Thomas Erben Gallery, New York; Experimenter Gallery, Kolkata and the Wiener Library, London. Her work is in prominent North American and Indian collections, including the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi and the Fotomuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland. In 2011 Gill was awarded the Grange Prize, Canada’s foremost award for photography.
Gill’s practice is complex because it contains several lines of pursuit. These include a more than decade-long study of marginalised communities in rural Rajasthan -- including Notes from the Desert, Jannat, Balika Mela, Birth Series and Ruined Rainbow Pictures. She has explored human displacement and the immigrant experience in series such as The Americans and What Remains. Projects such as the 1984 notebooks highlight her sustained belief in collaboration and ‘active listening’, and in using photography as a memory practice. Her most recent series, Fields of Sight, is an equal collaboration with a renowned folk artist, combining the contemporary language of photography with the ancient one of Warli drawing to co-create new narratives. Working in both black and white and colour, Gill’s work addresses the twinned Indian identity markers of class and community as determinants of mobility and social behaviour. In her work, there is empathy, surprise, and a human concern over issues of survival.