Fields of Sight (2013–), a series of Gauri Gill’s black-and-white photographs overlaid with images by Rajesh Vangad created in Warli tradition, is an ongoing collaborative project that attempts to reckon with the many layers of story, time, and space as …
Fields of Sight
Gauri Gill (b. 1970, Chandigarh, India) earned a BFA in Applied Art from the College of Art, New Delhi; a BFA in photography from the Parsons School of Design in New York City; and an MFA from Stanford University. She has exhibited within India and internationally, including MoMA PS1 in New York; Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel; Kochi Biennale; the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Wiener Library in London; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and the National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. Her work is in the collections of prominent North American and Indian institutions, such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Fotomuseum in Winterthur. In 2011 she was awarded the Grange Prize, Canada’s foremost award for photography.
Rajesh Vangad (b. 1975, Ganjad, Dahanu, India) is a bearer of the Warli style of painting, a traditional form belonging to the indigenous people of that tribe. He learned the art at a young age from his parents—particularly his mother—and later from such masters as Jivya Soma Mashe. His murals can be seen at the Craft Museum in New Delhi, the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, and the T2 Terminal at the International Airport in Mumbai. Vangad has published three books: My Gandhi Story (Tulika Books, 2014), Kabir Saamagri (part of Kabir Project), and The Indian Crafts Journey, as well as a map of Maharashtra (Dastkaar Haat Samiti). His work has been featured across India and the world. Fields of Sight has been included in Documenta 14, Kassel; the 7th Moscow Biennale; and Prospect.4, a city-wide triennial in New Orleans. Selected images from the series have been featured by Granta, Columbia Journal, and other publications.