Lali Khalid grew up in Pakistan. Her father introduced her to photography at a very young age. She has been taking pictures ever since. Lali’s work wanders between themes in landscape, abstraction and documentary photography, but has always centered itself on portraiture. She uses her work as a tool to explore themes of diaspora, identity and home in her own life and the lives of people she photographs. Lali earned her BFA from The National College of Arts in Lahore, and her MFA with distinction from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her work has been shown in many galleries throughout Pakistan, the US and recently in Italy. She currently lives and works in the United States where she also maintains an active teaching practice.
"My life has taken place among a diverse range of cultures. As I move within these varied spheres of cultural influence, I take photographs of the people and places I interact with. Over the years, these portraits have changed and taken many forms. Sometimes it’s a picture of me. Sometimes it’s the light cascading through the window. Sometimes my son appears in these images, and other times it’s the impression I leave behind on an unmade bed.
The images I make represent a synthesis of the dialectic between the journalistic eye of the document, and a posed, emotional tableau vivant. I consciously effect, frame and inform my photographs with nuances of light, tonality, atmosphere and elements of narrative. My photographs act like mirrors. They are based very directly on the way things appear, if just for a moment, but never without their own distortions. I hope that those who will see my photographs will find a glimpse of themselves reflected in these images. I want my work not only to advocate, but also to lead people to engage in empathetic feeling."