TILT/SHIFT: Politics of Portraiture — Impressions Gallery

Join Arpita Shah for an insight into the ethics and politics of portraiture and collaboration.

This focused afternoon session will explore issues including:

  • Ethical responsibility of photographers
  • Intention and authenticity
  • Socially engaged practice
  • Rights and access
  • Authorship and co-production
  • Meaningful representation of people and different communities
  • Arpita Shah is a visual artist and community arts facilitator. Her work explores where culture, heritage and identity meet, addressing issues of cultural displacement and shifting cultural identities.  She has worked extensively with diverse communities. Her projects include Copan Chai, which involved travelling with a fully functioning tea stall throughout the Outer Hebrides inviting Asian communities to share stories and memories. In Purdah – the Scared Cloth, she collaborated with Sikh, Hindu and Muslim women to create portraits exploring the tradition and meaning of veiling. For Portrait of Home, commissioned for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Shah worked with Scottish families who have roots in other Commonwealth Countries to make a series of family portraits.


    Booking essential, 12 places available

    This event is pay as you feel, recommended pricing: £10 / £15 / £20 or what you can afford.

    Part of TILT/SHIFT, a professional development programme by Impressions Gallery designed in response to your feedback.


    • TILT/SHIFT: Politics of Portraiture — Impressions Gallery

      Arpita Shah

      Arpita Shah (b. 1983, Ahmedabad, India) is an artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She works between photography and film, exploring the fields where culture, heritage and identity meet. She graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh in 2006. 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); and Autograph APB in London (2018). She is the recipient of the 2019 Light Work + Autograph ABP Artist-in-Residence programme in Syracuse NY to develop Nalini into a photobook. Shah undertook a residency at Street Level in 2011/12 from which she produced the series Nymphaeaceae, premiered in 2012, and the series Dear Green Place shown recently on The Travelling Gallery (2018) and as part of an exchange with Photofusion, London in February 2019. Her series Portrait of Home, a Festival 2014 commission, was shown at Trongate 103 and as part of Street Level’s Commonwealth Family Album in public sites during the Commonwealth Games in 2014, then touring to a number of community venues in Glasgow.