An Lanntair last night (Friday 11 October) welcomed a deeply personal photo-essay on the links of family across continents to its main gallery – with photographer Arpita Shah.

Roddy Murray, the Head of Visual Arts & Literature, introduced Arpita saying the show was one that went across the world, cross-cultural and cross-generational, bringing together photographs and memorabilia.

Arpita said she had started the project in 2015 after her grandmother had been unwell and in a coma for 15 days and she realised she had never looked artistically at the history of her own family.  Her grandmother said that when she was in the coma, she dreamt she was in the ocean between East Africa and India and this concept inspired the project called Nalini.

And today (Saturday 12th), at 3pm, Arpita will host an informal walk and talk tour around the show.   Nalini focuses on Arpita, her mother and grandmother to explore ancestral intimacies and how their histories, memories, and bodies are intertwined.  A personal journey developed across India, Kenya, and the UK, the process includes portraiture, forgotten family photographs, shared and individual memories of objects, places, and family stories.

Arpita Shah was born in 1983, in Ahmedabad, India, and has been based in Edinburgh for 17 years where she works between photography and film, exploring the fields where culture, heritage, and identity meet.

Nalini is presented in association with Street Level Photography as part of the Purvai Festival programme and runs at An Lanntair gallery until 16 November.