A Panel Discussion about the 'Citizen Issue'
The PIX journal launches its 'Citizen issue' this month at the Chennai Photo Biennale and all are welcome.
Citizenship as seen through this issue brings certain temporal trajectories into focus: about rights that can be exercised; leftist social movements that have existed and grown; and hierarchies of viewership that have changed. Is the citizen an operative of the state/regime or do they have the authority to challenge it? Are there creative strategies, aesthetic productions, and collective methods of countering hegemony? With the rise of art and activist initiatives as well as online presences today, the visual field now has a distinct purpose and mandate for readability outside the norm when aesthetics and art become political activities.
About the panelists:
Tanvi Mishra is a photo editor at PIX, and the creative director of The Caravan magazine.
Nilargha Chatterjee is a documentary photographer based in Kolkata. He was the recipient of the Alkazi Foundation Documentary Photography Grant, 2018.
Rohit Saha is a documentary photographer. He was a Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow in 2018.
Rahaab Allana is the founding editor of PIX, and curator of the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts.
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