Moving Still: Performative Photography in India

April 19, 2019 - September 2, 2019

Pushpamala N
Sunhere Sapne (Golden Dreams), 1998
hand-tinted black and white photograph
Shumita and Arani Bose Collection, NY


Moving Still: Performative Photography in India explores themes of migration, gender, religion and national identity through the lens of performative photography. The exhibition focuses on the photo-based practices of contemporary artists who are rooted in the diversity of cultures within the country, while at the same time engaging in a global dialogue.

Participating artists include Nikhil Chopra, Anita Dube, Gauri Gill, Sunil Gupta, Ranbir Kaleka, Naveen Kishore, Sonia Khurana, Pushpamala N, Tejal Shah, Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II, Kiran Subbaiah and Vivan Sundaram.

In partnership with Capture Photography Festival, a large photo mural from Naveen Kishore’s work in Moving Still will be presented at the Canada Line Vancouver City Centre Station from April 1 to September 1, 2019.


Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, an initiative of the Institute of Asian Art and curated by Diana Freundl, Associate Curator of Asian Art and Gayatri Sinha, Independent Curator and founder of Critical Collective. Please be advised that a small part of the exhibition Moving Still: Performative Photography in India includes adult content that may not be suitable for some viewers.

  • Gauri Gill
    Untitled, from Acts of Appearance series, 2015-ongoing
    archival pigment print
    Courtesy of the Artist

  • Naveen Kishore
    Performing the Goddess-The Chappal Bhaduri Story, 2013
    mixed media collage, digital prints on archival rag paper
    Courtesy of the Artist, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich and Project 88, Mumbai

  • Umrao Singh Sher-Gil
    Sisters in bed, c. 1932
    modern silver gelatin print with selenium toning
    Courtesy of PHOTOINK

Visionary Partners for the Institute of Asian Art:

Liu Bao, Wang Ying, Liu Manzhao

Visionary Partners for Photography Exhibitions:

Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn

With additional support from:

The IAA Depvelopment Commitee (Angela Bi, Gary Chen, Amelia Gao, Shawn He, Yin Qing)


Moving Still: Performative Photography in India

Hardcover, 160 pages

Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Figure 1

Edited by Diana Freundl and Gayatri Sinha

Texts by Homi K. Bhabha, Diana Freundl, Roobina Karode and Gayatri Sinha


Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications
The Richardson Family


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