You Will Live In This World As A Daughter (2017-2018)
Marking the 70th anniversary of the partition of India from the UK, the British Council’s Reimagine India is a cultural exchange programme investing in creative collaborations between art and cultural organisations in England and in India. With an award from the Arts Council - Creative Black Country and Multistory with support from the Nazar Foundation and Delhi Photo Festival commissioned 4 photographers (Uzma Mohsin, Andrea Fernandes, Jennifer Pattison and myself) to make projects about Punjabi women and girls in the Black Country and the Punjab.
After reading in the 2011 Punjabi census that for every 1000 boys that were born - 895 girls were born, I chose to look at how it is being a daughter of the Punjab and made a series of photographs that move between hiding and revealing, and question the visibility of girls and women.
The title, You Will Live In This World As A Daughter, is inspired by lyrics in the song Middle of the Night by The Soviettes - 'He said, "Now listen girl I'm your father, and you will live in this house as a daughter"'.
Girl Gaze: Journeys through the Punjab & the Black Country brings together my project and the work of the other 3 commissioned photographers and was first shown at Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi in Chandigarh from 10th to 18th March 2018. Iona Fergusson curated the show.
Girl Gaze will premiere in the UK at Blast! Festival between 24th May and 29th June 2019.
It will be shown in 'the building next door to The British Muslim School', Latifiah Fultali Complex, Lodge Road, West Bromwich, B70 8NX.
(A big thanks to all the women and girls involved in the project as well as my wonderful producer/translator Deepika Sharma and everyone at the organisations who commissioned the project - particularly Iona Fergusson, Parminder Dosanjh and Emma Chetcuti).
Going Round The Houses, All Around The Houses (2018)
I am one of thirteen photographers involved in All Change, which is a collaborative project documenting areas around the London Underground's final stops.
My assigned station was Watford, which is the last stop of one of the northern branches of the Metropolitian line and from January to October 2018 I photographed over 40 women, and 1 person who identified as agender for my project Going Round The Houses, All Around The Houses.
The photographers involved in all All Change are: Alice Zoo (Lewisham), Cian Oba-Smith (Heathrow), Clara Nebeling (Bank), Hollie Fernando (Enfield Town), Jocelyn Allen (Watford), Kasia Wozniak (Upminster), Lauren Maccabee (Edgware Road), Lewis Khan (Hammersmith), Owen Harvey (Morden), Sam Ivin (Brixton), Thomas Farmer (Harrow and Wealdstone), Tori Ferenc (Epping) and Will Hartley (Stratford).
I am 1 of 209 UK based female artists who photographed a female MP to mark the centenary of the first vote for women in the UK, as part of 209 Women.
I photographed Vicky Foxcroft, Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford.
The collection of portraits is currently on show at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool until 14th April 2019.
My husband looking at my image (top) at Open Eye Gallery.