Through Her Lens : Photography Exhibition

Open Call for women artists for Through Her Lens photography exhibition in collaboration with Zubaan Publishers Pvt. Ltd. 


Who can submit? 

  • Women currently residing and working in Sikkim and Darjeeling Hills for the past two years. 
  • Both aspiring and professional photographers are eligible to apply. 
  • There is no age limit. 


  • There are two themes and submissions can be made on either one. 

1. Memory

2. Migration

  • The interpretation of the themes is entirely up to the photographer.
  • Any genre of photography will be accepted, including, but not restricted to,  portrait, self-portrait, landscape, conceptual, studio, street etc.

Submission process: 

  • Email photographs to
  • Up to five images (PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY too) allowed for submission
  • Send a brief description of the images (optional)
  • Send a personal bio
  • Submissions to be made by 20 January 2020

Selection process: 

  • All the submission will be reviewed by the judging panel comprising of Zubaan, Prashansa Gurung, photographer, Mridu Rai, curator. 
  • Selected photographers will be notified by email or call by 30 January 2020.

 The exhibition: 

  • All selected images will be represented at a public exhibition in Namchi between 9 and 16 February 2020. 
  • The exhibition will take place in communal spaces around Namchi in order to facilitate the local community to actively engage with the photographs and the artists. 

About Through Her Lens

Titled, Through Her Lens, the photography exhibition is in collaboration with  Zubaan Publishers Pvt Ltd., supported by Sasakawa Peace Foundation, under the Fragrance of Peace Project. It is an exhibition showcasing works solely by women artists. Through Her Lens is part of a series of programmes to be held at Namchi in February 2020. Through various modes of discourse, we aim at understanding the lack of visibility of women photographers in the region (Sikkim and Darjeeling Hills) and develop viable strategies to support and facilitate spaces and networks for women interested in pursuing a career in photography. 

A team of Zubaan research grantees will also be present during these events and we hope to have intensive discussions to see how photography and research can be used to develop new mediums of storytelling.

About Zubaan Publishers Pvt Ltd

Zubaan Publishers Pvt Ltd is an independent publishing house based in New Delhi and has been a participant and chronicler of the women’s movement in India and South Asia. It was set up in 2003 as an imprint of India’s first feminist publishing house, Kali for Women, and continues to publish books on, for, by and about women in South Asia. For more information, please visit

About Fragrance of Peace Project 

Fragrance of Peace is a collaborative project between the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) and Zubaan Publishers Pvt. Ltd. This project started with the objective to build networks and nurture solidarity through dialogue, literary exchange and peace-building within the Northeast region. It also aims to build a platform for artists, writers, journalists and researchers from the region to discuss, ideate and work on their regional specificities, and support these conversations by participating in literature festivals, book fairs and cultural events in different locations across India. For more information, please visit

About Prashansa Gurung 

Prashansa Gurung is a Storyteller who uses multiple mediums like writing, photography and films for her narratives, which primarily focus on human and social themes. Originally from Darjeeling, she moved to Mumbai in 2011 to study journalism from the Xavier Institute of mass communications, where she has been based out of since.She has worked with reputed organizations like Times now, TimeOut Mumbai, Femina, MTV Indies, HousingIndia Tata Cliq etc to name a few. She was one of the contributiors to “Centrepiece: New Writing and Art from Northeast India” published by Zubaan Books in 2018.

About Mridu Rai

Mridu Rai is an independent art programmes manager and curator. She has most recently worked as the editor of Artem, an independent magazine which looks at northeast India through the lens of art. She is currently collaborating with photographers from northeast Indian states on various archival and curatorial projects and is also developing community art programmes in Sikkim. 

About Anushya Pradhan

Anushya Pradhan is the assistant curator of Through Her Lens. She has recently worked as art programmes coordinator at The People’s Studio, ARTEM where she curated creative events such as film screenings, printmaking and zine workshops. At present, she is also involved in developing art, reading and education programmes.

For enquiries: 9811664209 / 9820791324


Create your website at
Get started