Dr. Sabeena Gadihoke
Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre,
Jamia Millia Islamia,
011-26986812/13 , 4103 (Extn)
Sabeena Gadihoke is Associate Professor, Video and TV Production and started to teach at the AJK MCRC in 1990. She has a PhD from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU and she completed her Bachelor’s in History at Delhi University and a Master’s in Mass Communication at the AJK MCRC. During 1996-7 she was a Fulbright Fellow at Syracuse University and has received grants from the Charles Wallace Trust, India Foundation for the Arts UK, Pro Helvetica, the Swiss Arts Council and the Majlis Foundation, Mumbai for her research and work on Indian photography.
Gadihoke has has been an independent documentary filmmaker and cameraperson with over twenty years of experience. Her film Three Women and a Camera won awards at the Film South Asia at Kathmandu (1999) and at the Mumbai International Film Festival (2000) and she has shot numerous documentaries as a camerawoman including the much circulated Tales of the Night Fairies (Shohini Ghosh, 2002). Prior to starting her career as an academic, she worked as a producer of UGC educational films at the MCRC where she produced, directed and edited educational films and documentaries for the Country-wide classroom project. She is also a founder-member of Mediastorm, an independent video collective that received the Chameli Devi award for outstanding women journalists during 1992.
Gadihoke is also a photo historian and curator. She has written extensively on Indian photography and her book Camera Chronicles of Homai Vyarawalla (Mapin/Parzor Foundation) on India’s first woman press photographer was published in 2006, with a second edition in 2010. She has published in national and international journals and books and her more recent publications focus on documentary studies, female stardom and photo history. She has delivered talks and presented papers at the Universities of Westminister, Bristol, Farnham, SOAS and the Royal Holloway in the UK, the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, La Trobe university, Melbourne, the university of Witwaterstrand, Johannesburg and the Rubin Museum of Art, NY, the Sackler Museum, Harvard, Brown and North Western Universities in the United States.
Gadihoke has curated several shows on photography, the most recent of which was an exhibition for the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts titled “Inner and Outer Worlds: The Many Lives of Homai Vyarawalla” that opened at the Sridharani Art gallery in early 2015 as part of the Art Fair in Delhi. This show will feature at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai in late 2015. She curated a retrospective show on Homai Vyarawalla at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi, Bombay and Bangalore during 2010-11 and co- curated a show on photographer Kulwant Roy at the Indira Gandhi centre for the Arts, Delhi in 2008.
Gadihoke has been on the board of studies of Gargi College, Delhi University and Sri Padmavati Women’s University, Tirupati. She is currently a member of the board of studies at Pondicherry University, Maulana Azad National Urdu University and Don Bosco University Guwahati. She has been on the jury of the 26th International Film Festival at Alexandria, Egypt, The Kara Film Festival, Karachi and Film South Asia, Nepal. She is also currently an External Examiner for the Digital Arts course at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka, Mauritius.