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Arpita Shah


Arpita Shah is a photographic artist and educator based in 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 focuses on the notion of home, belonging and shifting cultural identities.

Shah’s work has been exhibited across the UK and internationally, including at the Detroit Center of Contemporary Photography (2013); Tramway in Glasgow (2014); Chobi Mela IX in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2017); Autograph APB 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 and Birmingham Museum’s Trust. 

Her previous commissions include Creative Scotland (2014) to develop new work for the Commonwealth Games collaborating with culturally diverse families across Scotland, An Lanntair (2017) on her project ‘Copan Chai’ which explored the oral histories of Asian Hebrideans in the Isle of Lewis and Harris, and GRAIN (2019) for her project ‘Modern Muse’ which is a series of portraits exploring British Asian female identity across the West Midlands. 

Shah is also co-founder of Fòcas Scotland and a member of the board of trustees for Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow. 


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