GAURI GILL. ACTS OF RESISTANCE AND REPAIR

October 13, 2022—January 8, 2023

The Chandigarh-born artist and photographer Gauri Gill (b. 1970) has been examining the everyday life of the rural population outside India’s urban centers for over two decades now. Her quiet, concentrated photographs focus the viewer’s gaze on barely perceived peripheral areas in Indian society. In an open, collaborative process that eschews documentary conventions, she has dedicated herself to concerns related to survival and self-assertion, identity and belonging, and also to conceptual questions of memory and authorship. . The temporal dimension and the serial continuity, as well as perseverance and empathy, are decisive factors in her artistic practice.

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting Gauri Gill’s multilayered photographic work for the first time in an extensive survey exhibition

Serving as the bedrock for a large part of her work since 1999, as well as the genesis of several photo series, is the long-term archival project Notes from the Desert, in which Gill has used photography to engage with marginalized communities from Western Rajasthan. Particularly underscored here, as across the artist’s entire oeuvre, are her long friendships with women, whom she highlights in intimate portraits. As a counterpoint to her projects in the desert, the photo series The Americans (2000–2007) is dedicated to the diverse lifeworlds of the Indian diaspora with respect to migration, home, and cultural affinity. The exhibition also places a particular focus on the artist’s collaborative approach, as seen most recently in her ongoing conversations with often overlooked rural artists. In her series Acts of Appearance (2014), for instance, Gill incorporates masks produced by papier-mâché artists of the Kokna community in Jawhar, Maharashtra, in everyday scenes, thus creating a fascinating dialogue between reality and fiction.


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19.09.2022 | The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting Gauri Gill’s multilayered photographic work for the first time in an extensive survey exhibition, bringing together about 200 pieces from pivotal series

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Gauri Gill, 'Untitled (50)', from the series 'Jannat', 1999-2007, Silver gelatin print, 12.7 x 17.7 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Untitled (26)', from the series 'The Mark on the Wall', 1999-ongoing, Silver gelatin print, 27.9 x 35.6 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Jannat, Barmer', from the series 'Notes from the Desert', 1999-ongoing, Silver gelatin print, 76.2 x 60.9 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, ‘New homes after the flood, Lunkaransar’, from the series ‘Notes from the Desert’, 1999–ongoing, Silver gelatin print, 76.2 x 60.9 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Untitled (12)', from the series 'Traces', 1999-ongoing, Archival pigment print, 147.3 x 218.4 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Untitled (2)', from the series 'Ruined Rainbow', 1999-2010, Archival pigment print, 40.6 x 60.96 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Software engineer Alok Pareek; business owner, Sumati Patel-Pareek. Silicon Valley, California 2001', from the series 'The Americans', 2000-2007, Archival pigment print, 68.5 x 101.6 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, ‘Revanti’, from the series ‘Balika Mela’, 2003, Archival pigment print, 106.7 x 71.1 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Indian grocery store in Queens, New York 2004', from the series 'The Americans', 2000-2007, Archival pigment print, 68.5 x 101.6 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Gurgaon 2004 (a)', from the series ‘Rememory’, 2003–ongoing, Archival pigment print, 60.9 x 40.6 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Untitled (2)', from the ‘Birth Series’, 2005, Archival pigment print, 27.9 x 17.8 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, ‘Manju & Parvati’, from the series ‘Balika Mela’, 2010, Digital print on transparent paper, 101.6 x 68.6 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Untitled (9)', from the series 'Acts of Appearance', 2015-ongoing, Archival pigment print, 152.4 x 101.6 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Untitled (5)', from the series 'Acts of Appearance', 2015-ongoing, Archival pigment print, 60.9 x 40.6 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Untitled (74)', from the series 'Acts of Appearance', 2015-ongoing, Archival pigment print, 106.6 x 71.1 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Untitled (77)', from the series 'Acts of Appearance', 2015-ongoing, Archival pigment print, 152.4 x 101.6 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill, 'Untitled (33)', from the series 'Acts of Appearance', 2015-ongoing, Archival pigment print, 61 x 40.6 cm, © Gauri Gill

Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad, 'Jameen', part of the triptych 'Jal, Jungal, Jameen', from the series 'Fields of Sight’, 2021, Acrylic paint on archival pigment print, 106.7 x 157.5 cm, © Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad

Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad, 'Gods of the Home and the Village', from the series 'Fields of Sight’, 2021, Acrylic paint on archival pigment print, 106.7 x 157.5 cm, © Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad