Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to Arpita Shah.
Arpita Shah is a visual artist and educator based between Edinburgh and Eastbourne, UK. She works between photography and film exploring the fields where culture and identity meet. As an India-born artist, Shah spent an earlier part of her life living between India, Ireland and the Middle East before settling in the UK. This migratory experience is reflected in her practice, which often focuses on the notion of home, belonging and shifting cultural identities.
Her work has been exhibited across the UK and internationally, including at the Detroit Center of Contemporary Photography (2013); Tramway in Glasgow (2014); Focus Festival in Mumbai, India (2015); Chobi Mela IX in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2017); Autograph ABP in London (2018) Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow (2019) and Impressions Gallery in Bradford (2020). She is the recipient of the 2019 Light Work + Autograph ABP Artist-in-Residence programme in Syracuse NY and her work is held at the National Galleries of Scotland. Arpita is also a photography lecturer at the Open College of Arts, she also co-directs Fòcas Scotland and member of the board of trustees for Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.
Arpita's recommendations included:
Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, online event series (see www.streetlevelphotoworks.org):
'Close Up: Colin Gray'
'Close Up: Margaret Mitchell'
'In Focus: Wendy Ewald & Noni Stacey Book Launches'
'Street View: Matthew Finn' at Belfast Exposed (see www.belfastexposed.org)
Trine Søndergaard, 'Nearly Now' at Gammel Holtegaard, Copenhagen (see www.glholtegaard.dk)