Poulomi Basu reflects on 2020:  “Art, depression, anxiety, courage, home”

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As the year draws to a close, the Deutsche Börse-shortlisted artist shares her highlights and experiences

Artist, photographer, and activist Pouloumi Basu has been advocating for women’s rights through her art for over a decade. Raised in Kolkata, India, Basu has produced work ranging from guerilla armies to divided Alaskan families, exhibiting in Paris Photo 2020, Rencontres Arles 2020, and many more shows across the globe.    

Basu’s Centralia — a docu-fiction charting central India’s conflicts over land and resources — won PH Museum’s Main Grant in 2018, as well as this year’s National Geographic Explorer prize. It is now in the running for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. 

Following a year of widespread recognition, here, Basu looks back on her experiences, and shares her highlights of the year.

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Zanele Muholi at the Tate Modern will be on show until 31 March 2021 when the gallery re-opens. © Zanele Muholi.


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Isaac Huxtable

Isaac Huxtable joined the British Journal of Photography in October 2020, where he is currently the Editorial Assistant. Prior to this, he studied a BA in History of Art at the Courtauld Instititue of Art, London.