I am a British born Indian, raised in the Midlands. I work as a teacher, photographer, filmmaker and researcher.
My work is firmly located within the realms of portrait and documentary photography, though I depart from the documentary genre by using socially engaged art practice to work in collaboration with my subjects. I am keen to ensure that the process of making images is empowering for the participant to the project.
Over the past few years I have undertaken projects with people from the Gypsy community in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, Portuguese farm workers in Lincolnshire, people with mental ill health, victims of racial violence across England, and Punjabi bar owners in the Black Country.
I am an Associate member of the Royal Photography Society (RPS), a member of the human rights charity, the Monitoring Group, the international art collective, ‘Blank Atlas’, Nottingham Photographers’ Hub, the Nottingham Photo Social and Primary Studios in Nottingham.
Coming of Age: Commission about how 1970’s racism was challenged through art, and youth movements (due September 2017)
Images in : Coming of Age Celebrating 21 years of the Mela by Irna Qureshi (available at Amazon)
Writer for Media Diversified, The Monitoring Group, and Creative Nottingham website (www.creativenottingham.com).
Art, Activism, Race and Social Justice timeline : part of ‘The Place is Here’ , Nottingham Contemporary, 4 February – 30 March 2017
Desi Pubs : part of Alchemy Festival, Southbank centre, London 20-30 May 2016
Boundaries : 4th -7th October 2014 at the Society of Artists (Nottingham)
Textures of Archive : 18th March – 4th April 2014 at the LCB Depot (Leicester)
Feminism and Enlightenment : 25th January – 2nd February 2014 at the Society of Artists (Nottingham)
Human Creates : Human Destroys : 13th July – 3rd August 2013 at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham
Coming of Age : 29 May – 24 July 2010 at the New Art Exchange Nottingham
Coming of Age : 7 August – 7 November 2010 at the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery Bradford
The Art of Protest : Goldsmiths University of London
Art, Activism, Race and Social Justice : Nottingham Contemporary
Racial Justice and Photography : Glasgow University: ESRC workshop on Austerity, Racism and Resistance
Get Up Stand Up is a collaboration between New Art Exchange and NCCL at Galleries of Justice Museum, exploring the idea of international civil rights. As part of the seminar ‘Racial Equality and Anti-racism : How to rethink identity and belonging’, I gave a historical overview of the anti-racist movement in Britain, from the 1800’s to the present day, and some of the issues affecting image making and identity formation when you take a long historical perspective.