Mohini Chandra

Mohini Chandra's work deals with articulations of identity and globalized spaces, and the role of the photographic in relation to memory and migration. As a child Chandra spent time in Fiji and travelled widely with her family within the Indian-Fijian diaspora. She has an interest in photographic histories and the processes of visual culture within colonial, anthropological and ethnographic discourses and the imagery of contemporary globalized cultures.

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, Chandra has exhibited widely, including: Paradise Now? Contemporary Art From the Pacific, Asia Society Museum, New York; Out of India, Queens Museum of Art, New York; The East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute, London; Crown Jewels, Neue Gesellschaft Fur Bildende Kunst (NGBK) Berlin & Kampnagel Art Gallery, Hamburg. Most recently, Chandra exhibited in Photo Kathmandu (2015), Confusion of Tongues: Art and the Limits of Language, The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, London (2016), the Focus Festival of Photography in Mumbai, (2017) and the Houston FotoFest Biennial (2018).

Her work is held in international collections in the UK and USA including the UK's Arts Council Collection and included in major survey publications such as Phaidon's Art and Photography (ed. David Campany). Mohini Chandra has recently been awarded both an Australia Council Grant for work in Fiji, an Asialink Residency in India funded by Arts NSW and an Australia Council Cite Residency in Paris. She has previously been awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship, Arts Council of England Individual Artists’ Awards and travel awards from the British Council. Her work has also been supported by Autograph ABP.

The next chapter of Mohini Chandra’s extensive and ongoing project Paradise Lost, will be shown in Plymouth and the forthcoming Chennai Biennale during 2021. Paradise Lost (2020) is supported by the Arts Council England Lottery Fund and Plymouth College of Art and has been made in collaboration with the Plymouth based archaeological team Ships Project.

Mohini currently lives and works in Devon, UK

  • Video still from Paradise Lost

    From the work Paradise Lost, 2020-21