Poulomi Basu is an Indian transmedia artist, photographer, and activist. Her name sounds like ‘follow me’ with a ‘P’. Published in 2020 her photobook Centralia won the 2020 Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award Jury Prize and has been shortlisted for the 2021 Deutsche Borse Foundation Photography Prize. Centralia and the NFTs are an Indian docu-fiction that journeys deep into the forests of central India where a little-known and under-reported conflict between an Indigenous tribal people and the Indian state slowly simmers. In war, truth is the first casualty. Centralia explores the unsteady relationship between reality and fiction and how our perceptions of reality and truth are manipulated. Centralia has been called a hallucinatory reflection where an invisible conflict between a guerrilla army, an Indigenous people, and the Indian state reveals wider issues of environmental degradation. Such exploitation comes at a price: the transmogrification of violence into the de-facto language of politics.
Why we believe in this NFT: The docu-fiction tries to examine the most valuable in photography - truth and perceptions of reality.
We warmly welcome Poulomi Basu to Jenny DAO