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Biography

Sonal Kantaria is a visual artist and academic based in London. She holds a master's in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster, UK and is currently undertaking her PhD in Film Studies, with the support of the Menzies Australia Institute, at King’s College London.

Her film and photography work has been exhibited extensively both in the UK and internationally. Most recently her film work After the crow flies was screened at Ikon Gallery, UK (2018) and at the Whitechapel Gallery, UK (2017). The film was also selected for the BAFTA recognised Aesthetica Film Festival, UK (2016).

Her project Naseeb: Trafficked was presented as a solo exhibition both at the Perth Centre for Photography in 2013 and in 2012 by at Next Level Projects in London (presented by Autograph ABP).The work was also selected and exhibited by the Photographers Gallery London for FreshFacedandWildEyed11.

In 2013 she was invited by Curtin University in Western Australia as a visiting academic to facilitate and run a refugee settlement project: teaching photography and enabling community photographic projects with groups of young refugees. She was also commissioned as a community artist by DADAA to devise and teach a number of photography workshops to Aboriginal teenagers (2014 - 2016).

Sonal has completed artist residencies in Western Australia at Perth Institute for Contemporary Art(2015), the City of Greater Geraldton (2014) and at the Perth Centre for Photography in Australia (2013.

She has worked as a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication, the University of Westminster and the University of Hertfordshire, UK and as a visiting academic at Curtin University in Western Australia.