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.

exhibitions, publications, awards & grants

2024

India today

‘Songkeepers’, as part of a group show organised by Ente Regionale per il Patrimonio Cultural del Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Trieste, Italy
2023

Kaghazi Pairahan: Publishing & Resistance in South Asia

‘Songkeepers’, as part of a group show at Double Dummy.

Arles, France
2023

Is the image even human?

‘Yeh Mera Chaman’, as part of a group show at Cervantes Institute.

Cervantes Institute, New Delhi
2022

Maze Collective Showcase

‘A Muraqqa of Miniatured Lives’, created as part of a Wet Plate Collodion Residency and exhibited at the Maze Collective Studio Showcase at Offset Project.

New Delhi
2022

Passages – A Subcontinental Imaginary

‘Love & Other Hurts’, published in PIX, a theme-based photography publication investigating contemporary photography and writing practices in India and South Asia.

PIX Quarterly
2021

8x4, It glows Light

Contributing artist at a group show curated by and at the Maze Collective Studio.

New Delhi, India
2020

#TurbineBagh

Contribution to a joint artist movement initiated by Sofia Karim against authoritarianism and fascism, focusing on India and Bangladesh. It was built around a peaceful protest at Turbine Hall, Tate Modern.

London, UK
2020

Artist Unite!

‘Songkeepers’, at a two-day artist-led initiative in solidarity for democracy and to protest against the politics of hate and oppression, at Red Fort.

Red Fort, New Delhi
2019

Blast Photo Festival

Participated in the Blast Photo Festival 2019 as part of a group show, 'Girl Gaze', curated by Iona Fergusson

West Bromwich, UK
2019

Ellipsis: Between Word & Image

Contributing artist at a group show organised as part of the JKK Foundation Day at the Jawahar Kala Kendra

Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
2018

Ephemeral: New futures for passing images

Contributing artist at a group show organised as part of the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018

Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa
2018

FotoFest International 2018 Biennial

Participating artist at the FotoFest International 2018 Biennial, Houston, Texas

FotoFest International, Houston, Texas
2017

The Alkazi Foundation’s Documentary Photography Grant

Recipient of the prestigious Alkazi Foundation’s Documentary Photography Grant

Alkazi Foundation for the Arts
2017

Re-imagine India

Invited artists for the British Council’s ‘Re-imagine India’ a cultural exchange initiative between art and cultural organisations in England and India

Creative Black Country, United Kingdom
2017

Million Mutinies Later

Contributing artist at a group show produced by Nazar Foundation at Ffotogallery

Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales
2016

Surface of Things

A group show at Alliance Française de Delhi

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE, NEW DELHI
2016

Zones of privacy

A group show at Chatterjee & Lal gallery

CHATTERJEE & LAL, MUMBAI
2015

Tales & Fables from India & Japan: Animation, Film & Photography

A group show organised by the National Institute of Design and The Japan Foundation

JAPAN FOUNDATION, NEW DELHI& YOKOHAMA. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DESIGN, AHMEDABAD
2015

Abandon

A group show organised by the Gujral Foundation

THE GUJRAL FOUNDATION, NEW DELHI
2014

Asmara. Fluchtpunkt Eritrea

A group show commissioned by the Forum Schlossplatz

FORUM SCHLOSSPLATZ, AARAU, SWITZERLAND
2014

Fellowship of the Ring

Contributing artist at Fête de la Photo organised by the Embassy of France in India as part of the festival ‘Bonjour India’

FÊTE DE LA PHOTO BY THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE IN INDIA
2013

Lateral

A group show at Kona, curated by Heidi Fichtner

KONA GALLERY, NEW DELHI
2012

Notes of an Alchemist

A group show, as part of ALTlab photography residency at the Centre for Alternate Photography, Goa supported by India Foundation for the Arts

GOA CENTER FOR ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
2012

Foto Freo

Audio visual projection of young and emerging Indian photographers shown at the Festival opening

FOTO FREO, PERTH, AUSTRALIA
2011

Trees Can't Walk

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

WORKING GROUP GÄSTEATELIER KRONE, AARAU, SWITZERLAND
2011

Seven Sisters and The City

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’

INDIA HABITAT CENTRE, NEW DELHI
2010

Transportraits

An exhibition by Jagori, curated by Gauri Gill, to coincide with the Delhi Declaration on Women's Safety

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE, NEW DELHI
2010

Women Changing India

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

ZUBAAN BOOKS
2008

Click! Contemporary Photographers in India

A group show that look at what strategies have been employed by Indian photographers from different generations and what themes hold their interest

VADEHRA ART GALLERY, NEW DELHI
2008

Nine Ways of Looking at a Crisis

A photo feature looking at the Kashmir issue through nine political personalities

TEHELKA NEWSMAGAZINE