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Posted 12.07.17

From North India to Fiji: Mohini Chandra traces her family roots during residency

By Kat Peberdy

Mohini Chandra films in Varanasi

Mohini Chandra, visual artist and Pathway Leader on our BA (Hons) Photography programme, has completed a residency at the Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, India.

A descendant of Indian-Fijian indentured labourers, Mohini’s cross-cultural work focuses on memory and visual representations of identity within contemporary globalised cultures. As an extension of one of her latest projects ‘Paradise Lost’, Mohini was based at the Kriti Gallery in Varanasi where she spent time researching and tracing her family’s migration from North India to Fiji (via Kolkata).

The gallery’s residency space allowed for an exploration of the local culture and interaction with artists in Varanasi, and regularly hosts international artists of both traditional and contemporary art.

Mohini Chandra, work from 40 Ships

While in Varanasi, Mohini also developed links with the Faculty of Visual Arts at Banaras Hindu University and has since established a joint student exchange project with second-year photography students at Plymouth College of Art.

This project, titled The City, saw students paired up to exchange images online and review each other’s work. A selection of work by BHU students in Varanasi was printed and shown within the Photography Department at Plymouth College of Art.

Mohini, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, has previously exhibited at Asia Society and Museum (New York), Courtauld Institute (London), Bluecoat Gallery (Liverpool). Chandra has recently exhibited in Photo Kathmandu with the work Imaginary Edens, and pieces from her new project Kikau Street was included in CCP Declares at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne in 2016.

Read an in-depth interview with Mohini about her work.