Sancintya Mohini Simpson is a descendent of indentured labourers sent from India to work on colonial sugar plantations in South Africa. Her work navigates the complexities of migration, memory and trauma—addressing gaps and silences within the colonial archive.  Simpson’s work moves between painting, video, poetry, and performance to develop narratives and construct rituals that reflect on her matrilineal lineage.

Simpson is an artist and researcher based in Brisbane, Australia. Recent solo exhibitions include: New Old Archives, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2020); Kūlī nām dharāyā/ theyve given you the name coolie, Institute of Modern Art Belltower, Brisbane (2020); Echoes Over Oceans, Firstdraft, Sydney (2020); Remnants of my ancestors, Hobiennale, Hobart (2019); and And words are whispered, 1ShanthiRoad Studio Gallery, Bangalore (2019). Simpson’s recent group exhibitions include: Staple: What’s on your plate?, Hayy Jameel, Jeddah (2021); AustrALIEN, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra (2021); On Earth, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane (2021); The National 2021: New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2021); The Past is the Present is the Future, The Granville Centre Art Gallery, Granville (2021); Making Ground, Constance ARI X MONA FOMA, Hobart (2021).  In 2021 Simpson’s work was screened at Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of Projections #6 New Australian video art: Cycle 1. Her poetry has been published Cordite Poetry Review and Peril Magazine. Simpson’s work is held in the collections of Art Jameel, KADIST, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, UQ Art Museum, and Museum of Brisbane.

Simpson is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.


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