Eruptions marks Indian transmedia artist and activist Poulomi Basu’s (b.1983, Calcutta) first major international solo exhibition, which will show at SIDE from 30th October 2021 – February 6th 2022. The immersive installation of VR, film and photography will showcase the development of Basu’s participatory practice between 2009 and 2021. Shown together for the first time, the gallery and cinema will showcase her acclaimed projects: Blood Speaks: A Ritual Of Exile, Centralia and To Conquer Her Land; which engage with issues of gender, caste and class to expose both the marginalisation and the strength of women and indigenous communities in South Asia. Expanding the possibilities of traditional documentary photography through multi-layered narratives, Basu illuminates contentious complex realities, challenges injustices and advocates for urgent political, social and environmental change.
‘It’s been a long road to get this far. This show illuminates the struggles, triumphs and resilience of the women that I have met along the way and who continue to inspire me. I hope it acts as a celebration and recollection of their existence in a world that often erases them.’
Poulomi Basu, 2021
curated by Liz Hingley