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Dr Mohini Chandra

Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader BA (Hons) Photography, MA Subject Tutor

Mohini Chandra’s work on the international flows of people and culture in our globalised world has been exhibited in venues such as the Asia Society and Museum (New York), the Queens Museum (New York), the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne) as well as the First Johannesburg Biennale, Photo Kathmandu (Nepal), in ‘Now! Now!’ at Chelsea College of Art (presented by Iniva and BAM) and the Casula Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Mohini’s work was recently recognised in the Hundred Heroines-Women in Photography Award and a nomination for the Jarman Film Award. She has also received awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Autograph ABP, the Arts Council England, the British Council, the Australia Council for the Arts and Asialink. Recent projects made in the Pacific region and in India have been exhibited at the Third Oceanic Performance Biennial (Auckland) the Biennial Focus Festival of Photography (Mumbai) and the Houston FotoFest Biennial. She has recently been awarded an Art Council/National Lottery grant for her project ‘Paradise Lost’ which examines the complexities of colonial seafaring through the archaeology of shipwrecks, as well as a commission from Autograph for a new moving image work ‘Belated’, which explores the recent global pandemic.

For Mohini, the combination of photography, found and archival material, moving image, sound and other installation media enables the visual expression of personal experience and a ‘mapping’ of alternate narratives within the complex conditions of globalisation. Her research encompasses both thinking and making around photography through a range of curatorial, writing and publishing projects. Her recent article Plane Views was published by Taylor and Francis in the Journal of Photography & Culture, while artist publications include the photobook ‘album pacifica’, published by Autograph and ‘Day of Shadows’ published by the Artist Book Collective/Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.

Her work is held in international collections including the Arts Council Collection UK and included in major survey publications such as Phaidon’s Art and Photography by David Campany and Bloomsbury’s Photography in India in Light Years and Digital Times, by Aileen Blaney & Chinar Shah.

With a PhD from the Royal College of Art, and with extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience both in the UK and abroad, Mohini has a depth of experience in successfully integrating research and professional experience into the academic and studio-based learning environment.