We are delighted to have Poulomi Basu with us May 26 for the opening of her exhibit To Conquer Her Land.
Shot from 2009-2012, Basu's project documents the transformation, from woman to soldier, of India's first ever female troops. Deployed along critical borders of Punjab and as the first line of control in Jammu & Kashmir, these women confront acute realities on the ground and embody complex issues of poverty, class, youth, and gender. Not least, the border itself is its own world of war, smuggling—people, arms, drugs—firing, jingoistic parades, killing, suicide bombing, fireworks, lonely tears-—and little moments of glory.
Moderating the slideshow and opening night discussion will be James Estrin, photographer, writer, and co-editor at Lens, The New York Times photo blog.
Poulomi Basu is photographer based in New Delhi, India working across Asia. She completed her Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. Her work focuses on under-reported contemporary issues where gender and the formation of identity are often defining characteristics. She is interested in the lives of ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstance; in those individuals and groups who quietly challenge the prevailing orthodoxies of the world in which they live.
Poulomi is part of the VII Photo Agency Mentor Program.
The Half King Photography Series
dedicated to showing exceptional photography. In tandem
with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog
between photographers and writers that underscores the
importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its
photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.