Najrin Islam


An independent writer and performer, Najrin Islam (b. 1994, based in Kolkata) completed her postgraduation from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India. She has been associated with several platforms as a writer that include ASAP | art, an editorially driven archive on lens-based cultures in South Asia, and Five Million Incidents, a year-long series of projects organised by Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi and Kolkata, and conceived by Raqs Media Collective. She was awarded the first Art Writers’ Award 2018-19 by TAKE on Art magazine and the Swiss-Arts Council Pro Helvetia, which resulted in a residency and an associated publication titled ‘Archive as Medium: Exploring the Performative Body’. Najrin’s research interest is situated at the intersection of moving image histories, archival politics and institutional omissions. Exploring the potential of the image to confuse, deflect and reveal, her writing gravitates in the direction of digital, forensic and fictive vocabularies.