Traces explores a diverse range of individuals of Indian heritage both who have left their respective homelands to settle in Australia and the younger generation who have grown up in the country. The work transcends western and eastern states of Australia presenting a holistic view of the diaspora and covering various waves of migration and settlement from the 1970s.
In doing so the project explores portraiture and the local Australian landscape bringing together the relationship of person to land and looking at the physical spaces inhabited. The body of work explores questions of migration, identity and settlement.
"Growing up in the UK as a third generation Indian has frequently presented questions surrounding my own identity and culture. My background prompted my decision to undertake this project and thus connect with many people of a similar background and experience."
Traces was undertaken during an artist residency at the Perth Centre for Photography in 2013 and encapsulates stills and moving footage. The work will be exhibited as part of the Ballarat Biennale in Australia at the Art Gallery of Ballarat from August to September 2013
Sonal Kantaria is a photographer based in London and holds a Masters in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster, London. Her project 'Naseeb: Trafficked', undertaken in India on the subject of Human Trafficking into Prostitution, has been exhibited both in the UK and internationally and most recently as a solo exhibition at the Perth Centre for Photography in February 2013 and by Autograph ABP and Next Level Projects in 2012. The work was also selected and exhibited by the Photographers Gallery London for FreshFacedandWildEyed11.
In 2011 she was the finalist in the Julia Cameron Awards and a nominee for Magenta Flash Forward 2012. Sonal has just completed an artist residency at the Perth Centre for Photography in Australia.
Her work has been published in the FT Weekend Magazine, Saturday and Sunday Telegraph Magazines, Scotland on Sunday Magazine, Foto 8, AG Magazine.
The featured photographer for August 2013 was Sonal Kantaria