Karthik Subramanian is a photographer living out of Chennai and is interested to
work on really long-term stories. His photography springs out of the constant
doubt that questions our visual experience to be real or unreal. Kartik, uses his
photography to build the bridge between these two states of perceptions.
‘I Swear on my mother’ is a work, that studies the representation of Tamil political
leader, Jayalalitha or popularly addressed as ‘Amma’ (meaning mother), whose
emergence in the political scene is tightly intertwined with the history of Cinema
and Popular Media in the state. Using video and objects, Kartik intends to
reconstructs the political history of Jayalalitha and her mentor & precursor M.G
Ramachandran, both of whom used films and media to capture and construct
their public persona.