Artist Gauri Gill has been revered for her poignant visual commentary on minority communities in the last couple of decades. Gill who has traveled and worked extensively across rural India displays a deep understanding of local communities and their quest for representation. Her latest photo-series is an ongoing exploration of an Adivasi community of mask-makers located in the interiors of Maharashtra.
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The photo project which is titled, ‘Acts of Appearance’ commenced in early 2015 when Gauri traveled extensively across Maharashtra. This is when she discovered the ritualistic Bahora masks which were created generationally by an Adivasi community.
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A man wearing a large cobra mask is seen tending to his convenience store, a woman wearing a tiger mask is working her way through the sieve in the verandah of her house, a couple sits on a bench wearing an alien and a goat mask etc..
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The photo series which is a work in progress was at display at the Kochi Biennale 2018, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and more.
You can learn more about Gauri’s work here.
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