Modern Muse


Featuring a new series of portraits by Arpita Shah that explore South Asian female identity, commissioned by GRAIN Projects the ‘Modern Muse’ portraits visually and conceptually explore the ever shifting identities and representations of South Asian women.


Shah draws from and subverts Mughal and Indian miniature paintings from ancient and pre Colonial times as she examines the intersections of culture and identity, drawing on the women’s lived experiences and her own journey and life.


As part of the publication GRAIN commissioned new writing by Alina Khakoo. ‘Modern Muse & South Asian Feminism’ explores these portraits as a collective and community within a social genre.



Book is approximately A5 in size

72 pages


Published by GRAIN Projects

IISBN 978-1-7392453-0-6

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