GRAIN are delighted to be working with photographer Arpita Shah on a new commission which will
see the photographer work with South Asian women in Birmingham. The photographic project will
explore, represent and celebrate South Asian female identity across the city and beyond and be
developed in the context of contemporary Britain.
The series will visually and conceptually explore the ever-shifting identities of South Asian women in
contemporary Britain and giving an insight into the complex intergenerational perspectives of what
it now means to be British and Asian.
The South Asian community is one of the largest ethnic minorities in Birmingham and in the UK. This
work will examine the histories, narratives and contributions that have resulted from South Asian
migration to Britain and explore how this has shaped the identities and experiences of
contemporary British Asians. The work will archive and enrich our understanding of British Asian
female identity and give varied and unique perspectives from both sides of the camera.
Arpita Shah is a photographic artist and educator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She works between
photography and film, exploring the fields where culture and identity meet. As an India-born artist,
Shah spent an earlier part of her life living between India, Ireland and the Middle East before settling
in the UK. This migratory experience is reflected in her practice, which often focuses on the notion of
home, belonging and shifting cultural identities. Shah’s work tends to draw from Asian and Eastern
mythology, using it both visually and conceptually to explore the issues of cultural displacement in
the Asian Diaspora. She has recently exhibited her projects at Photofusion, London, Autograph APB,
London and Street Level, Glasgow.
The photographer will be delivering a talk about her practice on the 26th March at the Midlands Art
Centre, you can book your tickets here.
Image Credit: Purdah – The Sacred Cloth, 2014. (c) Arpita Shah