Sancintya Mohini Simpson is a descendant 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 maternal lineage.

Recent solo exhibitions include Sugar, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2022); New Old Archives, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2020); Kūlī nām dharāyā/ they’ve 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 selected recent group exhibitions include Busan Biennale 2022: We, on the Rising Wave, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Busan (2022); Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora, Zietz MOCAA, Cape Town (2022); Blue Assembly: Oceanic Thinking, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane (2022); This language that is every stone, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2022); Staple: What’s on your plate?, Hayy Jameel, Jeddah (2021); and The National 2021: New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2021). In 2021, Simpson’s work was screened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of Projections #6 New Australian video art: Cycle 1. Simpson’s poetry has been published in Artist ProfileCorrespondence (The Physics Room), Cordite Poetry Review, and Peril magazine. Her work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Jameel, Dubai; KADIST, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; UQ Art Museum, Brisbane; and Museum of Brisbane.

Sancintya Mohini Simpson is represented by Milani Gallery, Meeanjin (Brisbane), Australia.


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