This notebook about the anti-Sikh pogrom that occurred in New Delhi in 1984 contains photographs taken by Gill in 2005, 2009 and 2014 alongside captions from the Indian print media in which they first appeared and text responses by thirty five artists - including writers, poets and film makers. The photographs from 2005 appeared in Tehelka (with Hartosh Bal); and from 2009 in Outlook (with Shreevatsa Nevatia). The corresponding captions are roughly as they were inscribed in the published reports.
With 72 black-and-white plates and 32 colour reproductions, essays by Gill herself and Manju Saran (in English and Hindi), the book is a document of Gill’s photo studio set up to take portraits of the predominantly female adolescents that attended the fair in remote and rural western Rajasthan. In 2003 and again in 2010, Gill collaborated with her subjects to produce these self-conscious portraits, on occasion also conducting workshops on photography and displaying some of the images taken in Lunkaransar previously.
Ballika Mela is published by Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich 2012. Soft cover; 26.5 cm x 19.5 cm.
Photographs of the artist's work 'The Americans'- in a style that
establishes the photographer's easy access to her subject, her location
of America in technicolor consumerism, and India in chromatic flashback
of vivid nostalgia.
Published by Nature Morte, New Delhi, Spring 2008. 120 pages with color reproductions. Soft cover; 29 cm x 20 cm