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About

Sonal Kantaria is a visual artist and academic based in London and holds a Masters in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster, UK.

She was invited by Curtin University in Western Australia as a visiting academic to facilitate and run a refugee settlement project; teaching photography and enabling community photographic projects with groups of young refugees. She was also commissioned as a community artist by DADAA to devise and teach a number of photography workshops to Aboriginal teenagers.

Her work has been exhibited extensively both in the UK and internationally. Her project Naseeb: Trafficked was shown as a solo exhibition both at the Perth Centre for Photography in 2013 and in 2012 by at Next Level Projects in London and presented by Autograph ABP. The work was also selected and exhibited by the Photographers Gallery London for FreshFacedandWildEyed11.

In 2011 she was the finalist in the Julia Cameron Awards and a nominee for Magenta Flash Forward 2012. Sonal has completed an artist residency at the Perth Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) (2015), Perth Centre for Photography in Australia (2013) and an artist residency with the City of Greater Geraldton in Western Australia (2014).

She has worked as a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication and the University of Westminster, London, UK and as a visiting academic at Curtin University in Western Australia.

Professional

Visiting lecturer, London College of Communication, London, UK
Curtin University Healthway Community Project, Academic, Perth, WA
Visiting lecturer, University of Westminster, London, UK

Education

MA Photojournalism, University of Westminster, London, UK (Merit)/2010
Major Project (Distinction)
BA (Hons) European Studies and Spanish, University of Hull, UK

Exhibitions (selected)

Aboriginal Teenagers/Art Gallery of Geraldton, Western Australia, (Solo)/2016
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK, (Group exhibition featuring Traces)/2015
Fremantle Arts Centre, Horizon: Exploring the West Coast with The Clipperton Project (Group exhibition featuring Traces)/2014
City of Geraldton Artist in Residence Programme/Aboriginal elders/Screening (Solo)/2014
City of Geraldton outdoor exhibition as part of DADAA/FIVE Geraldton /Aboriginal teenagers/2014
Naseeb: Trafficked, Perth Centre for Photography, (Solo)/2013
Traces, Light in Winter Festival, Melbourne/2013
Flash Forward 2012, Magenta Foundation, Boston (Group show featuring Naseeb: Trafficked)/2012
Naseeb: Trafficked, Autograph ABP & Next Level Projects (Solo)/2012
Naseeb: Trafficked, Foto8 Summer show London (Group)/2012
Naseeb: Trafficked, Photofusion London, Magenta Foundation (Group)/2012
Flash Forward 2012, Magenta Foundation, Toronto (Group exhibition featuring Naseeb: Trafficked)/2012
Flash Forward 2012, Magenta Foundation, Photofusion London (Group exhibition featuring Naseeb: Trafficked)/2012
Photomonth, Richmix London (Group exhibition featuring Modelling in India) /2011
KL PhotoAwards Festival 2011, Kuala Lumpur (Group exhibition featuring Naseeb:Trafficked)/2011
FreshFacedandWildEyed11, Photographers’ Gallery, London (Group exhibition featuring Naseeb: Trafficked)/2011
Delhi Photo Festival 2011, Habitat Centre Delhi (Group exhibition featuring Naseeb: Trafficked)/2011
MA Photojournalism Graduate Show, P3 Gallery London (Group exhibition featuring Naseeb: Trafficked)/2010
Photomonth, Truman Brewery London (Group show featuring Naseeb: Trafficked)/2010
Photomonth, Richmix London (Group show featuring Naseeb: Trafficked)/2010
West Photo Awards, P3 Gallery London, Helsinki and Berlin (Group exhibition featuring Naseeb: Trafficked)/2010

Awards

Magenta Flash Forward 2012/2012
Photographers Gallery for FreshFacedandWildEyed11/2011
Julia Margaret Cameron Award/Finalist/2011

Selected talks

Kings College London, Menzies Centre, Sensing Australia/May 2016
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK/Artist talk/Traces/August 2015
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA)/Artist Residency Studio Talk/March 2015
London College of Communication/Visiting lecturer/2014
Miik Green Studios Perth/Artist talk/Traces/March 2014
UWA/Artist talk/Selected works/November 2013
Perth Centre for Photography/Artist talk/Naseeb:Trafficked/February 2013
Miik Green Studios Perth/Artist talk/Naseeb:Trafficked/March 2013
Radio interview 6eba Perth/Culture program, Hindi program & youth program/March 2013
Radio interview SBS Hindi program/May 2013
University of Westminster/Visiting lecturer/2013
Next Level Projects/Solo exhibition/Artist talk/Naseeb:Trafficked/February 2012
University of Westminster/Visiting lecturer/2012

Artist residency

Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA)/Western Australia/March 2015
City of Geraldton Artist Residency/Western Australia/March 2014
Perth Centre for Photography/Western Australia/February 2013

Grants

City of Greater Geraldton Arts Grant, Geraldton, WA/2015
City of Greater Geraldton Arts Grant, Geraldton, WA/2014
CUCRH (Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health)/2013
Refugee Youth Photovoice Project, Funded by Healthway (Health promotion foundation of WA)/2013

Publications & Clients

Channel 4
Autograph ABP
FT Weekend Magazine
The Telegraph Magazine
The Sunday Telegraph Magazine
The Scotsman on Sunday
The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
Africa Report
Harpers Bazaar India
AG Magazine
Foto 8
Investec
F&C Investments
Proversity

Teaching

DADAA , Portrait photography workshop, artist and workshop facilitator, Geraldton, Western Australia, 2016
DADAA , Portrait photography workshop, artist and workshop facilitator, Geraldton, Western Australia, 2015
Visiting lecturer/London College of Communication/London, UK/2014
DADAA  for FIVE Geraldton, community artist and workshop facilitator, Geraldton, Western Australia, 2014
Curtin University Healthway Community Project, Academic, Perth, Western Australia/2013-2014
Visiting lecturer, University of Westminster, London, UK/2012