Arpita Shah
Bougainvillea Mahara , 2015

28" H x 35" W
Image Notes
Canson Baryta Paper
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Current Location
NA 3

About the Artist

Arpita Shah

BirthplaceAhmedabad, India
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Cultural HeritageBritish Indian
Light Work RelationshipArtist-in-Residence, 2019


Arpita Shah (b. 1983, Ahmedabad, India) is a photographic artist and educator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She works between photography and film, exploring the intersections of culture and identity. Shah spent the 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 often focuses on the notion of home, belonging and shifting cultural identities. Shah’s work tends to draw from Asian and Eastern mythology, using it both visually and conceptually to explore issues of cultural displacement in the Asian Diaspora. Shah received her BA in Photography & Film from Napier University in Edinburgh. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Detroit Center of Contemporary Photography (2013); Tramway in Glasgow (2014); Focus Festival in Mumbai, India (2015); Chobi Mela IX in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2017); Autograph APB in London (2018) and Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow (2019). She is the recipient of the 2019 Light Work + Autograph ABP Artist-in-Residence programme and is currently working on a new commission supported by GRAIN Projects across Birmingham and the West Midlands.