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One-time advertising writer, Vani Subramanian has been a women's rights activist and documentary filmmaker since the nineties.

Her work as a filmmaker explores the connections between our everyday practices, perceptions and prejudices, and the larger political questions confronting us – be they in the areas of culture, food practices and production, education, sectarian intolerance, sex selective abortions, or even questions relating to justice, and the death penalty. Her films have been screened and received awards, both nationally and internationally.

Over the years, she has extended her practice to video art in performance, mixed media installation and pop-up shows.

On occasion, Vani teaches on issues such as gender, social inequities and the politics of place-making, the gendering of cinematic spaces, among others.

Presently, she is Creative Director, reFrame Institute of Art and Expression, New Delhi.
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