How can photography capture the impermanence of a moment in a permanent way by immortalizing fleeting glimpses in a frame? Tune in to know more about how photography has the unique ability of depicting humanity’s trajectory through time. Curator, Author and Professor of Video and TV Production at Jamia University Sabeena Gadihoke, Photographer and Pilot Janaki Subramaniam and Photographer, Legacy Advisor and Founder, Indian Memory Project Anusha Yadav will be in conversation with Curator, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts Rahaab Allana. Join us to learn more about nuanced perspectives on the uses and philosophical/ self-reflexive role of photography as a medium.
Sabeena Gadihoke is Professor at the AJK MCRC at Jamia Millia Islamia where she teaches Digital Media Arts. She started her career as an independent documentary filmmaker and cameraperson and was a member of Mediastorm, India’s first women’s collective that made three films on religious fundamentalism. Gadihoke was a Fulbright Fellow at Syracuse University and has a PhD from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU.. Her film Three Women and a Camera won awards at the Film South Asia at Kathmandu (1999) and at the Mumbai International Film Festival (2000). This was followed by a book on India’s first woman press photographer Homai Vyarawalla, Camera Chronicles of Homai Vyarawalla (Mapin/ Parzor Foundation, 2006). Gadihoke is also a photo historian and curator and her most recent curatorial project was a retrospective of photographer Jitendra Arya at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Mumbai and Bangalore titled Light Works (2017-8). Her publications focus on documentary studies, female stardom, popular visual culture and photo history.Read more
Janaki Subramaniam is a Photographer and Pilot by profession and an artist at heart. While most people see the glass half full or empty, she sees the free spirit of a bird through the window, behind the table the glass was kept on. After completing her graduation in B.A. Economics from Sophia College, Mumbai in 2015, she trained at IGRUA (Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi) to get her CPL (Commercial Pilot License) and further got inducted into Indigo in 2018. Her love for travel and analog photography got her featured on various platforms like The Better India, Lomography, The Curator Magazine, Indian Women Blog, Inspiro India, Beyond Pink World, and specific mentions on Tripoto Community & iDiva as one of the top 14 Indian Women Instagrammers to follow! She has recently completed an urban photography project reviving the use of film and manual media to capture a contemporary world.Read more
Anusha Yadav is a photographer, books and brand legacy design advisor as well as the founder of Indian Memory Project – an online visual & narrative archive. The project traces the personal identities & histories of the Indian Subcontinent via photographs and narratives submitted via people's personal archives. Embraced by international academe, syllabi, and researchers across media worldwide, Indian Memory project stands as an exemplary pioneer of an alternate method for collective pasts to be organised, shared, and understood. The project has served as inspiration to several international cultural entities to disseminate their own formats of visual materials and contextualised narratives. Anusha has received several national and international accolades for excellence and innovation in Digital and Print design for Legacy & Cultural Arts, Anusha lives and works in Mumbai, India.Read more
Rahaab Allana is Curator/Publisher, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi (alkazifoundation.org); Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) and Honorary Research Associate at the University College, London (Department of Visual Anthropology). He has curated, contributed to and edited several publications and exhibitions on South Asian photography and its trans-national histories, working internationally with museums, universities, festivals and other arts institutions such as The Brunei Gallery (London), Rencontres d’Arles (Espace Van Gogh), Jimei x Arles (China), The Folkwang Museum (Essen), The Helmut Newton Foundation (Berlin), The Fine-Art Museum (Brussels); Rubin Museum (NY); as well as the National Museum, and National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi); The British Council (New Delhi); The Goethe Institute (S. Asia and Hamburg Centres) and the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad City Museum (erstwhile V&A, Bombay) . He was recently engaged for 3 consecutive years as a photography curator of the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa; and in the meantime, in 2018, was Consulting Curator for Illuminating India, Photography (1857-2017), at the Science Museum in London. He serves on the Advisory Committee/Juries of various cultural fora including the India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogue (FIND, Rome); the Prix Pictet Award (London/Switzerland/Paris); the Gabriele Basilico Prize in Architecture and Landscape Photography; as well as the Editorial Board of the Trans-Asia Photography (TAP) Review, University of Michigan. He is also the Founding/Managing Editor of PIX (enterpix.in), a theme-based photography initiative - an exhibitionary and online platform for South Asian practitioners in its tenth year; and is currently Guest Editing a volume for Aperture Magazine.Read more