In 2015, Gill began collaborating with papier-mâché artists of the Kokna and Warli tribes in Maharashtra, renowned for their sacred masks. In this series “Acts of Appearance”, she invited her collaborators to go beyond the confines of their traditional mask making and develop a new set of forms. Through these vibrant color photographs, Gill tells fictional stories improvised with her collaborator-subjects as they engage in everyday village activities while inhabiting new masks, recalling animals, humans and revered objects that they made expressly for this body of work. The resulting images vacillate between reality and otherworldliness, unfolding in a range of symbolic and sometimes playful scenarios all situated within the backdrop of the surrounding village.
Chennai Photo Biennale, Chennai, India, Feb 22 - Mar 24, 2019
Projects 108: Gauri Gill, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York, Apr 15–Sep 3, 2018
Object/Set: Gauri Gill's Acts of Appearance, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, November 1, 2019 - February 2, 2020