Notes From the Desert: Photographs by Gauri Gill


  • Freer and Sackler Galleries 1050 Independence Avenue Southwest Washington, DC, 20560 United States
"Izmat," from the Notes from the Desert series. Gauri Gill (India, born 1970); 1999-2010, printed 2014. Gelatin silver print.

"Izmat," from the Notes from the Desert series. Gauri Gill (India, born 1970); 1999-2010, printed 2014. Gelatin silver print.

Gauri Gill (b. 1970) has been photographing the marginalized communities of western Rajasthan, India, since the late 1990s. From her vast archive of negatives, collectively titled “Notes from the Desert,” Gill often organizes series centered on a particular individual or idea. “Notes from the Desert: Photographs by Gauri Gill,” showcases 57 prints from this major body of work, including three large-scale portraits from the “Balika Mela” series (2003/2010) and a body of prints titled “Jannat.”

The exhibition is striking for Gill’s use of black-and-white photography to capture life in this remote desert landscape in India. It is the third in a series of exhibitions highlighting artists and works in Freer and Sackler’s growing collection of contemporary photography from Asia. The exhibition is organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery with support from the museum’s endowment for contemporary Asian Art.