All That We Saw

All That We Saw is a series of image-less photographs. It seeks to invoke the largeness and the quietness of a photograph by focusing on the ways in which we remember them. A photograph has a secure foothold in its focus, but over time, the power of its abstraction takes root in our memory, and engenders a memory of its own. This work seeks to extend the photograph beyond its visible level, its popular effect, into the recesses of our collective and individual minds to provoke how photos take root. It also attempts to explore how language is intimately connected with the cultural codes through which we understand images, and ways in which visual culture structures our perceptions.

As a special commission for the third edition of the Chennai Photo Biennale, the artist will reveal a new image-less photograph —one for every day of the biennale— on the biennale website. This work is an extension of the artist’s long running series Velocity Pieces, in which he has been producing board-poems for a public billboard installed in central Delhi since 2019. With this new series — All That We Saw — the viewer is imagined as a witness of images, a mental archivist, a contemplative node in the memory of a collective, and as a participant in the act of restoring the image.

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About the artist

Amitesh Grover is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist. He moves beyond theatre into installation, video, digital and text-based art. His work delves into themes like the dyad of absence/presence, the necessity of remembering, and the performance of resistance to keep on living. He is the recipient of MASH FICA Award, Prohelvetia Arts Residency Award, Bismillah Khan National Award, Charles Wallace Award, and was nominated for Arte Laguna Prize (Italy), Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) & Forecast (HKW, Germany). His work has been shown globally at venues like Southbank Centre (U.K.), Arts Centre Melbourne, MT Space (Canada), PACT Zollverein (Germany), National Theatre Vilnius, Belluard Bollwerk International (Switzerland), The Hartell Gallery (U.S.), and in India at FICA, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, The Shrine Gallery, VAICA Video Art, among several others. He has curated for ITFoK (Kerala), Ranga Shankara (Bangalore), and Serendipity Arts Festival. He studied at University of Arts London, and teaches and writes on performance as well.

https://amiteshgrover.com

Typography for the series: Sijya Gupta

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