Shoair Mavlian, Director, Photoworks in conversation with artist, photographer and activist Poulomi Basu. The pair discuss Poulomi’s recent book Centralia as well as her wider practice.
Widely published and exhibited, Poulomi’s work explores the way in which the formation of identity becomes entwined with geopolitics, revealing the hidden power structures buried deep within our societies. In 2018, Centralia was recognised through the award of the Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant Main Prize and is shortlisted for Recontres d’Arles Discovery Award 2020. A Magnum Foundation Social Justice Fellow and grantee and National Geographic Explorer 2020, Poulomi is known for advocating the rights of women through her work and in 2019 Amnesty International noted her as an important and brilliant ‘human rights activist’. She also featured on ‘The Conversation’ (BBC World Service) alongside Lynsey Addario as one of the most significant contemporary war photographers. Her immersive Virtual Reality films, Blood Speaks, are collected and distributed by the Tribeca Film Institute.
Centralia is an Indian docu-fiction that journeys deep into the forests of central India where a little known and under reported conflict between an indigenous tribal people and the Indian state slowly simmers.