Two Heroines, Poulomi Basu and Zineb Sedira, are shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2021 and will feature in an exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery 25th June - 26th September....
An Indian transmedia artist, photographer and activist, Poulomi Basu’s work advocates for the rights of marginalised women using the power of photography and visual storytelling.
Her powerful photographic projects include:
- Blood Speaks (highlighted menstrual taboos and blood politics; resulted in a major policy change by the Nepalese government criminalising menstrual exile, a practice that often caused the death and rape of women in Nepal)
- Centralia (winner of a National Geographic Explorer 2020 award and a PH Museum, Main Grant 2018 Shortlisted for the 2020 Louis Roederer Discovery Award)
- To Conquer Her Land (leads us through the transformation of women into soldiers at the Indo-Pakistan border)
Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has won many awards and grants. She has also collaborated with organisations such as the ActionAid 2018 campaign #MyBodyIsMine launched on World Menstruation Day; and the WaterAid 2014 To Be A Girl campaign. Other clients and features include The New York Times, Elle, Save the Children, UNESCO, Google, and NPR, among others.
She holds the notable position of visiting lecturer for the Visible Justice & Collaborative Unit at the London College of Communication, and is the Founder/Director of Just Another Photo Festival, a traveling guerrilla visual media festival that democratises photography by taking it to the people and forging new audiences.