2017                Australia Council Cite Residency, Paris

2016                Asia Link Residency in India with an award from Arts NSW

2016                Australia Council, Individual Artist Award-Project Grant

2007               Arts Council of England, Individual Artist Award

2005               HEFCE, Capability research award, Oxford Brookes University

2004               British Council Artists Travel Award

2000-2003      A.H.R.C. Creative and Performing Arts Research Fellowship. Royal College of Art

2001               British Council Visiting Artist Award

1999               London Arts Award

1998               Autograph, Arts Council funded Travel Award

1997-99          British Academy, Postgraduate Study Award

1995               British Council, Artists Travel Award

1994               AGFA Bursary, Student Award

1994               First Prize, South Bank Photo Show, Royal Festival Hall, London


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017             Focus (Biennial) Festival of Photography, Mumbai

2017             HEAT, Third Oceanic Performance Biennale, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland,                       New Zealand. (fc)

2016             Now! Now! In more than one place, curated by Sonia Boyce in collaboration with Black                                    Artists and Modernism (BAM) research project/conference at Tate Modern, Chelsea College of                        Arts-University of the Arts London 

2016              Confusion of Tongues: Art and the Limits of Language, The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset                                   House, London

2016              CCP Declares: on the Social Contract-triennial survey of Australian photography, Centre of                               Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2015              Photo Kathmandu, International Photography Festival, Nepal

2015              Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Gallery 

2015              Chippendale Contemporary Art Award, Sydney 

2013              Focus International Photography Festival, Mumbai, India

2013              Bloomberg Office, Parel, Mumbai, India

2013               Obscura Photo Festival, Penang, Malaysia

2007              Eastbound: Hidden Histories, in conjunction with Rachel Lichtenstein’s ‘On Brick Lane’                                     (Hamish Hamilton), The Crypt, Spitalfields Church, East London

2007              Mediations, Ovada, Oxford

2004              Paradise Now ? Contemporary Art From the Pacific, Contemporary Art, AsiaSociety and                                   Museum, Park Avenue, New York USA               

2003              Threshold in Presence, Leighton House (sited installation)

2002              Curio, Brick Lane, East London (sited installation) 

2000              Crown Jewels, Neue Gesellschaft Fur Bildende Kunst (NGBK) Berlin & Kampnagel Art Gallery,                          Hamburg                                

2001               Lookout, sited installation, Pitshanger Manor (London), Wolverhampton Art Gallery (tour)    

2001               East Wing Collection , Courtauld Institute, London                         

1999               Fractured Mirrors, Photographic Resource Centre, Boston (tour to Rhode Island School of Art                          and Design) USA              

1999               000ZeroZeroZero, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London                                           

1999              The Show, Royal College of Art, London

1998              Out of India, Queens Museum of Art, New York

1998              Artist and the Archive, Shoreditch Biennale, Hoxton Square, London

1998              Touching Matters, The Gallery, Swiss Cottage Library, London

1997              Photography Triennial -Dislocations , Rovaniemi Museum, Finland 

1996              Fear of the Dark, Tom Blau Gallery, London

1995              Sometimes, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia  

1995              First Johannesburg Biennale (British Council/OVA)                          

1994              Occupying Territories, Zone Gallery, Newcastle, UK

1994              South Bank Photo Show, Royal Festival Hall, London (First prize)


Solo Exhibitions

2014               Dark Pacific Sun, Chandra+Stewart, Gimpel Fils, London

2001               Album Pacifica, Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida, USA

2001               Travels in a New World Gallery 4A, Sydney, Australia

1997               Travels in a New World, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

1996               Poste Restante, Installation, Old Post Office/ Zone Gallery, Newcastle


External projects and commissions

2012           The Photography Seminar (series), Co-convener and contributor, in collaboration with the                                National Centre for Creative Learning at the Museum of Contemporary Art and University of                            Technology Sydney

2007           Slight Sifts, curatorial project, Wong Hoy Cheong (Malaysia) International Artist Fellowship and                        exhibition in collaboration with the Pitt Rivers Museum (University of Oxford), Foto-Net South and                    Oxford Brookes University

2003           Presence, Leighton House, (sited installation). Co-curated in collaboration with the Photographic                    Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Anthropology Department Goldsmiths                            College and the Royal College of Art

2002          Flow Curio commission, sited installation, Brick Lane, for ‘Terra Incognita’/Regional Arts Lottery                        Programme/L.A.

2001           Public Photo Album Exchange Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida

2001           Untitled Installation for the upstairs drawing room, commission for Lookout, Pitzhanger Manor,                        Ealing

1998            Inside out, commission for Signs of the City, Scott Hall Road Installation, Public Arts, Leeds

1997            Travels in a New World 2, Bluecoat Gallery/ Arts Council Commission- 50th Anniv. Indian                                  Independence

1997            Autograph, Commission for research travel to Asia Pacific region

1996            Artist in Residence (9 months), Zone Gallery, Newcastle

1996            Poste Restante, sited installation, Old Post Office, Newcastle, for Zone Galler



Arts Council of England

Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida

Brisbane City Council

Private collections


Selected Catalogues

CCP Declares: On the Social Contract, Pippa Milne, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2016

Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific, Melissa Chiu, Asia Society, New York, 2004

Lookout, Peter Kennard, 2000

Travels in a New World 2, Independent Thoughts, Bryan Biggs, Bluecoat Gallery, 2000

Crown Jewels, Iris Mahenke, 1999

Out of India, Jane Farver, Queens Museum of Art, New York, 1998

Artist and the Archive, Val Williams, Shoreditch Biennale, London, 1998

Independent Thoughts, Travels in a New World, Essay by Elizabeth Edwards, Bluecoat Gallery, 1997

Dislocations, Pirkko Siitari and Leena Lohiniva, Rovaniemi Art Museum, 1997 Sometimes, British Exhibition, Johanesburg Biennale, Sunil Gupta, OVA, London, 1995

Johannesburg Biennale Catalogue, Transitional Metropolitan Council, Johannesburg,1995

Occupying Territories, Kate Tregaskis, Zone Gallery, Newcastle, 1994

Make Believe, South Bank Photo Show, Royal Festival Hall, 1994


Inclusion in Published Collections/Critical Texts                                                               

Photography in India in Light Years and Digital Times, Aileen Blaney & Chinar Shah (eds.) Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology/Bloomsbury (forthcoming).                                            

Destinazione mondo, Valentina Lusini, Ombre Corte, Verona, Italy, 2013

Biography and spatial experience in contemporary diasporic art in Britain chapter by Dorothy Rowe in Biographies and Space: placing the subject in art and architecture , D. Arnold and J. Sofaer, Routledge, 2008

The Diasporic Imaginary, Vijay Mishra, The Literature of the Indian Diaspora: Theorising the Diasporic Imaginary, Routledge, 2007, p21

Mohini Chandra:  a diasporic practice, article by Elizabeth Edwards in A. Schneider & C. Wright (eds.) Contemporary Art and Anthropology, Berg, 2005

Album Pacifica in Art and Photography (survey), David Campany (ed.), Themes and Movements series, Phaidon 2003

Travels in a New World, in Beyond Frontiers: contemporary British art by artists of South Asian descent, A Ghosh and J Lambda (eds) Saffron, 2001


Selected Reviews and Features

Dark Pacific Sun, Wall Street International, 2014

Dark Pacific Sun, Try Hard Magazine, 2014

Mumbai’s Focus Festival Showcases Women Photographers Neha Thirani Bagri, The New York Times/International Herald Tribune, Global Edition, March 15, 2013,

Review, Presence, Katie Kitamura, Contemporary, No 49, 2003, pp83-4

Review, Album Pacifica, Barry Schwabsky, Bookforum , Fall 2001 , p48

Date Marks: Album Pacifica, Mohini Chandra Susan Johanknecht and Katherine Meynell, Art Monthly, June 2001, p 47

Album Pacifica Stephen Bury, (A-N) Artists Newsletter, June 2001, p8

Album Pacifica, Dpict (inc. Creative Camera) no 6 Feb/March 2001, pp20-23

Can a Charcoal Drawing Change the World ? Robert Clark, The Guardian, 26th Sept, 2000

Raga Saga, Anne Doran, Time Out New York, Jan 29, 1998, Issue 123

Import Export, Thomas Mc Evilley, Art in America, October, 1998

Village Voice (NY), Unguided Tour, Photograph of ‘Album Pacifica’ Installation at Queens Museum by Sylvia Plachy, 24/2/1998

Black and white moves & white and black stills, Sean Cubitt, MAKE no.78, Jan 98

Many Shows and Many Indias, Holland Cotter, New York Times, Dec 26, 1997



VoiceOver, eBook, Diffusion series, Proboscis, (RCA/LSE/Arts Council of England), June, 2002

Album Pacifica, commissioned and published by Autograph/Arts Council of England, 2001


Selected Web Resources

Fieldworks: Dialogues between Art and Anthropology Conference, Tate Modern, 2013

‘Around Your World in 80 Ways’ Iniva website

British Library Collection, Art, photography and Architecture, Oral History of British Photography