Anita Khemka (b. 1972) read English Literature at DelhiUniversity and studied Visual Merchandising from La Salle, Singapore before she decided to become a photographer in 1995. Her photographic practice has since endeavoured to find meaning in her relationships with individuals and communities. She has closely followed the lives of socially marginalized and communities — abandoned widows, people with intellectual disability, addictions, HIV and AIDS, political minorities, sexual and gender minorities.
Khemka’s work on alternative sexuality was the basis of a German film, Between the Lines – India’s Third Gender in 2005. Self-portraits, a series of colour photographs was included in group exhibitions in Helsinki (2011), Stockholm (2010), London & Barcelona (2009), Paris (2007) and Frankfurt (2006). Her work, Pellet Identity, produced in collaboration with her partner, Imran Kokiloo was exhibited at FotoFest international in Houston, Texas (2018). During the pandemic, the couple produced Shared Solitude (2020-ongoing)—family portraits staged outside the studio as well as the familiar surroundings of homes.
Imran Kokiloo (b.1978) has a career in the Hospitality, FMCG and Consultancy Industry. He began photographing in 2016 in collaboration with his partner, Anita Khemka and documented the conflict in Kashmir. The first series, Pellet Identity was exhibited at the FotoFest, Houston in 2018. He has since revisited Kashmir in a series of self-portraits, titled, Kashmir: A Memory in Mist. He is interested in alternative photographic processes and printing techniques and is presently making portraits of fellow artists using glass plates and the wet collodion process.
His installation titled Protest (part of an ongoing work, Kashmir: A Lost Childhood), was included in a group exhibition and publication titled, Celebrate, Illuminate, Rejuvenate the Constitution of India at 70 for SAHMAT at Jawahar Bhawan, Delhi 2020.