Picturing non-alignment: Photography, nation-building and identity in India, c. 1950-1975
Diva Gujral’s research is concerned with photography practices in India in the 1950s until the mid-1970s in relation to political and cultural non-alignment, assessing the role photography appears to have played in nation-building, international diplomacy and in mid-twentieth century art practice, as well as considering photography as a site in which non-alignment is itself enacted and complicated. Her work pays particular attention to the photographic practices of Jyoti Bhatt at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, Lucien Hervé and Jeet Malhotra in Chandigarh, Mitter Bedi’s industrial photographs, and the state commissions of Dashrath Patel at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
She holds a BA in History from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, the University of Delhi (2012) and an MA in History of Art from the Department of History of Art, University College London (2015). Her PhD is supervised by Professor Rose Marie San Juan and funded by the Department of History of Art under the History of Art Alumni Studentship.
• Photography in India: A Visual History from the 1950s to the Present, co-authored with Nathaniel Gaskell, London: Prestel Publishing, 2019.
• “Painters with a Camera (1968/69): In search of the Indian photography exhibition”. Object 20, 2019.
Papers and Conferences
• February 2019: ‘Photography &: Challenging the Homosocial in Baroda’s Faculty of Fine Arts’. Fast Forward 2: Women in Photography International Network Research Workshop at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.
• December 2018: Respondent, ‘Aesthetics of Expropriation: Abstraction in Fazal Sheikh’s Desert Bloom’ presented by Zahid R. Chaudhary at Institute for Advanced Studies, University College London.
• June 2018: ‘Painters with a Camera (1968/69): In search of the Indian photography exhibition’. South Asia Early Career Researchers’ Workshop at University College London.
• April 2018: ‘Painters with a Camera (1968/69): In search of the Indian photography exhibition’. ‘Asia Through Exhibition Histories’ seminar at Association of Art History Conference, Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
• September 2017: ‘The Lens and the Labyrinth’. Early career researcher session at ‘Transnational Cities: Tokyo and London’, Chelsea College of Art, London.
• June 2017: ‘The Lens and The Labyrinth of Solitude’. Postgraduate Seminar series, Department of History of Art, University College London.
• September 2018: Co-organiser of the conference ‘Putting South Asia on Display’ at British Museum, London.
• June 2018: Co-organiser of the talk and film screening ‘Filming the Nation into Being’, part of UCL’s Festival of Culture.
Teaching Assistant for History of Art and its Objects (BA 1st year), 2018-19
Teaching Assistant for History of European Art-2 (BA 1st year), 2017-18
Member of the Centre for the Study of South Asia, University College London
Member of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, University College London