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Nawal Ali, Ufaq Fatima and Zainab Mufti are the co-founders of Her Pixel Story, a collective of women and non-binary photographers based in Kashmir. They explore photography as a tool to share the Kashmiri narrative from a female perspective that acknowledges and manifests the positioning of womxn in Kashmiri society, conflict and resistance. Her Pixel Story initially started as an Instagram page, where women photographers could connect and work together. It has since evolved into a community, moving beyond gender binaries and encouraging collaboration through photography. Her Pixel Story also hosts photo walks and workshops to empower practitioners in the region.
Tanvi Mishra is a photo editor, curator and writer, and was formerly the Creative Director at The Caravan. She has engaged with Her Pixel Story exchanging ideas over the past few years. She joins us from New Delhi for a live, candid conversation with Nawal, Ufaq and Zainab, who are tuning in from Srinagar to talk about their individual photographic practices, as well as the value of a collective within the larger Kashmiri narrative.
Thumbnail Image Zainab Mufti
Header Image Nawal Ali
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Nawal Ali is a researcher and photographer based in Kashmir. Her research practice revolves around human security amidst state violence in Kashmir, specifically in Line of Control areas. Her photography practice oscillates between personal narratives, and long term association with issues, where her photographs complement her research. She is also a public advocacy professional in the social development sector and conducts workshops relating to Kashmir issues in activism circles in India.
Ufaq Fatima is a visual artist based in Kashmir. Through her practice she focuses on the Kashmir conflict which she builds around her personal narratives and experiences. Her work speaks about survival, hope and human psychology.
Zainab Mufti is a visual artist based in Kashmir. She is currently freelancing as a photojournalist. Her engagements with photography are mostly personal, involving the documentation of her own experiences that arise out of surviving in a military occupied region. Zainab is one of the founding members of Kashmir’s women photographers’ collective, Her Pixel Story, dedicated to bring out women’s perspectives and narratives of daily happenings in Kashmir. Her photographs have been exhibited at Paradise Lost: Desire and Dissent Contemporary Art from Kashmir, held at Old School gallery, University of Leiden (2018).
Tanvi Mishra works with images as a photo editor, curator, and writer, based in New Delhi, India. Among her interests are South Asian visual histories, peoples’ movements as well as the notion of fiction in photography, particularly in the current political landscape. Until recently, she was the Creative Director of The Caravan, a journal of politics and culture published out of Delhi. She is part of the photo-editorial team of PIX, a South Asian publication and display practice. She works as an independent curator and has been part of the curatorial teams of Photo Kathmandu and Delhi Photo Festival, as well as the upcoming Breda Photo. Her writing on photography has been published in various platforms including Aperture, FOAM and The Caravan. She has served on multiple juries, including World Press Photo, Hindu Photojournalism Awards and the Catchlight grant. She has also been a curatorial collaborator for the Greenpeace Photo Award and a mentor for the Women Photograph program. She is one of four members of the international advisory board of World Press Photo.