About the project
'Girls, Girls, Girls!' is a photographic project that explores India and her women in modern day Black Country (part of the West Midlands region in England) and contemporary Punjab through the lens of four pioneering female photographers from the UK and India - Jennifer Pattison (UK), Uzma Mohsin (India), Jocelyn Allen (UK) and Andrea Fernandes (India).
The project is part of an exciting collaboration between Multistory and Creative Black Country (CBC) and will be exhibited at the Nazar Foundation's Delhi Photo Festival in Spring 2018.
The work aims to capture contemporary culture and lifestyle, and explore the journey women have made from the Black Country to India, and India to the Black Country. It will also investigate interesting synergies, quirks, subcultures and social behaviours unique to people and places in both countries, and will allow audiences to enjoy a multi-sensory experience including the still image, sound, video as well as new platforms such as Augmented Reality.
The works will premiere at an exhibition in Chandigarh on 9 March, at the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi as well as an initial work in progress at the Black Country strand of Southbank Centre's Alchemy Festival.
Additionally, this project will facilitate opportunities for selected Sandwell College photography students the opportunity to create and showcase their work, workshop with BBC Academy to up skill in digital practice, and will also encourage a delegation trip with partners and stakeholders to visit Delhi during the Delhi Photo Festival.
About the photographers
Jennifer Pattison's work has been published in the Financial Times, Port Magazine and the British Journal of Photography, amongst others. She has received numerous awards internationally including the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in 2012, the International Photography Awards 2013, Magenta Flash Forward emerging photography winner in 2013 and an Honourable Mention at the International Photography Award in 2014.
Uzma Mohsin uses photography to unravel narratives of people, places and their histories. Her image-making process involves experimenting with abstraction and metaphoric expression. A graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, she is based in New Delhi.
Jocelyn Allen is an artist who mainly works with photography, video, and performance. She primarily uses herself within her work, whilst exploring the themes of representation, self-esteem, anxiety and hiding & revealing. Career highlights include exhibiting at the Guernsey Photography Festival, representing the UK in the Biennial of Young Artists the Mediterranean, being selected for FreshFaced+WildEyed (2015) at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, and exhibiting photography and video work at the British Council in Delhi (2015).
Andrea Fernandez's practice is rooted in exploring the construction and representation of sexuality and gender. She has a Master’s degree in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster, and is one of the mentors at Angkor Photo festival, Cambodia. She also teaches Critical Thinking in Photography at école intuit.lab, Mumbai. Fernandes co-founded BIND (2015), an experimental photography oriented collective and has been commissioned for artistic projects in India by the Goethe Institute, Project 88, Studio X, Focus Photography Festival, the Wellcome Trust and Photoworks in the UK.