Iona Fergusson is a curator and producer specialising in lens-based work. She worked for six years as Photo Editor for Vogue India in Mumbai before returning to the UK to complete a Masters in the History and Critical Theory of Photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. In 2015, she worked as Programme Director for the Delhi Photo Festival. Recent curatorial projects include the screening of The Lost Head & The Bird: a multi-platform video by Indian artist Sohrab Hura at Peckham 24 in London (May 2017); the exhibition A Million Mutinies Later: India at 70 – part of an Arts Council funded collaboration between Ffotogallery/Diffusion Festival Cardiff and Nazar Foundation in New Delhi (June 2017); and two exhibitions of abstract photography titled CUT PULL BEND THRUST and ARC by abstract artists Yamini Nayar and Zoe Croggon for Peckham 24 (May 2018). She is currently working on a three-year photographic commission and curatorial project titled Girl Gaze: Journeys Through the Punjab & The Black Country, UK – a four-artist commission seeking to create compelling stories about the lives of Punjabi and British Asian women in India and the UK. She successfully curated the first two exhibitions in Chandigarh and Jalandhar in March 2018 and will be curating the show in the UK at BLAST festival in May 2019. Book projects include an invitation in November 2017 by 10×10 Photobooks to be the selector for South Asian and Australasian women photobook makers for their forthcoming publication and traveling library How We See: Photobooks by Women (October 2018). She lives and works in London.
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1. Make sure your work is ready for a portfolio review. Keep these questions in mind when you do so. Are you a photographer working on single images? Do you have a cohesive body of work with a well developed concept and a personal vision? Are you able to articulate your concept and your vision? You may want to write a statement explaining your work and read it out when you present your work.
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