Uzma Mohsin uses photography to unravel narratives of people, places and their histories. By looking at cross-cultural encounters and perceptions, her work tries to build a conversation around the idea of belonging. Her image-making process involves experimenting with abstraction and metaphoric expression.
She has exhibited both in and outside of India — her recent exhibitions include ‘Ellipsis: Between Word & Image’, a group show at the Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur (2019); ‘Ephemeral: New futures for passing images’, a group show at the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa (2018); ‘Girl Gaze: Journeys through the Punjab and the Black Country’, a cultural exchange programme commissoned by the Art Council England and the British Council (2017); ‘A Million Mutinies Later’, a group show produced by Nazar Foundation at Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales (2017); ‘Surface of Things’, a group show at Alliance Française, New Delhi, India (2016); ‘Zones of Privacy’, a group show at the Chatterjee & Lal Gallery, Mumbai (2016); ‘Tales & Fables from India & Japan: Animation, Film, Photography’, a group show organised by the National Institute of Design and the Japan Foundation in Delhi, Ahmedabad and Yokahama (2015); and ‘Abandon’, a group show organised by the Gujral Foundation, New Delhi (2015).
In 2011 she exhibited, ‘Trees Can’t Walk’, a solo show, at the Forum Schlossplatz, as part of an artist residency at the Working Group Gästeatelier Krone, Aarau, Switzerland and was invited back as a contributing artist in 2014 for a group show ‘Asmara: Fluchtpunkt Eritrea’ at the Forum Schlossplatz. In 2010, she assisted Martine Franck (Magnum) on a book project, ‘Women Changing India’, sponsored by BNP Paribas and Zubaan Publication. Her works have been published in various publications including Tehelka, PIX quarterly, Tasveer, Galli magazine and Sports Illustrated.
She has experimented with alternative photographic processes as an artist-in-residence at Goa Centre for Alternative Photography (2012) producing a series ‘Now is Gone’, using the process of cyanotype.
She is one of the 100 women artists featured in ‘How We See: Photobooks by Women’, A 10x10 Photobooks publication (2018). She is also the recipient of the prestigious Alkazi Foundation Grant for Documentary Photography (2017).
A graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, she is based in New Delhi.
Participated in the Blast Photo Festival 2019 as part of a group show, 'Girl Gaze', curated by Iona Fergusson
Contributing artist at a group show organised as part of the JKK Foundation Day at the Jawahar Kala Kendra
Contributing artist at a group show organised as part of the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018
Participating artist at the FotoFest International 2018 Biennial, Houston, Texas
Recipient of the prestigious Alkazi Foundation’s Documentary Photography Grant
Invited artists for the British Council’s ‘Re-imagine India’ a cultural exchange initiative between art and cultural organisations in England and India
Contributing artist at a group show produced by Nazar Foundation at Ffotogallery
A group show at Alliance Française de Delhi
A group show at Chatterjee & Lal gallery
A group show organised by the National Institute of Design and The Japan Foundation
A group show organised by the Gujral Foundation
A group show commissioned by the Forum Schlossplatz
Contributing artist at Fête de la Photo organised by the Embassy of France in India as part of the festival ‘Bonjour India’
A group show at Kona, curated by Heidi Fichtner
A group show, as part of ALTlab photography residency at the Centre for Alternate Photography, Goa supported by India Foundation for the Arts
Audio visual projection of young and emerging Indian photographers shown at the Festival opening
A solo show at the Forum Schlossplatz, as part of a residency at the Working Group Gästeatelier Krone, Aarau, Switzerland. Also exhibited at the Cultural Centre, Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi as a part of a group show ‘Imaginaries’ by PIX, a photography quarterly
A solo show at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on women from the Northeast India as a part of ‘Cultures of Peace - A festival of the Northeast’
An exhibition by Jagori, curated by Gauri Gill, to coincide with the Delhi Declaration on Women's Safety
Worked as visual researcher and assisted Martine Franck (Magnum) for a book and a traveling exhibition project on changing role of women in India, which traveled to cities in India and Europe
A group show that look at what strategies have been employed by Indian photographers from different generations and what themes hold their interest
A photo feature looking at the Kashmir issue through nine political personalities