RECLAIMING PUBLIC SPACE – PORTRAITS OF THE ELDERLY
Portraits are everywhere: in our homes, in our phones, in magazines, newspapers, museums and galleries, hoardings and on the city’s walls. In the public space, the face is seen in posters and on large hoardings. These posters announce, among other things, a local politician’s candidacy, a political event in the area, or a missing person. Larger hoardings, are the domain of the political parties – faces of current ministers, ex-ministers, politicians long gone, along with local representatives peep out from collages.
This photo project seeks to reclaim the public space in the name of those who are invisible, and deemed insignificant - the elderly. The large scale portraits seek to create an air of mystery over what lies behind these old faces and encourage viewers to think critically about the portrait and the public space, and who gets to be represented on its walls. The photo project mentors are Ferozkhan and Shankar, Assistant Professors,
School of Media and Communication, Shri Shankarlal Sundarbai Shasun Jain College for Women.
About College: Shri Shankarlal Sundarbai Shasun Jain College for Women was established in 2005 with the aim to provide quality education to young aspiring women and to equip them to meet the changing needs of society and industry. Shri Shankarlal Sundarbai Shasun Jain College for Women is a self- supporting institution affiliated to University of Madras. The School of Media and and Communication was set up at the inception of the College to train students in the latest technologies and prepare them for careers in the rapidly growing media industry. The School offers a B.Sc in Visual Communication and an M.A in Journalism and Communication. Shri Shankarlal Sundarbai Jain College for Women is a unit of Sri S.S.Jain Educational Society