Exhibition: Catalyst / The Embodied Lens

Online Program

Date: Jun 25, 2020
Time: 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm IST
Venue: Online


Exhibition: Catalyst / The Embodied Lens

CPB in partnership with the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts brings a series of virtual guided tours of the group exhibition ?Catalyst? curated by Rahaab Allana, exhibited at the JIMEI x ARLES 2019 International Photo Festival @jimei_arles.


Exhibiting artists: Ashfika Rahman, Visual Artist and Faculty, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute | Sukanya Ghosh, Visual Artist

Curator: Rahaab Allana, Curator/Publisher Alkazi Foundation for the Arts

Panel Moderator: Bhooma Padmanabhan, Co-curator, CPB Edition III

The panel titled ?The Embodied Lens? will bring the artists Ashfika Rahman and Sukanya Ghosh, whose works were part of the exhibition ?Catalyst?, in conversation with the exhibition?s curator Rahaab Allana. Ashfika Rahman will speak about the strategies and modes of artistic mediation that she adopts while documenting the stories of violence faced by ethnic minorities, with specific focus on her projects ?Rape is Political? and ?File of the Disappeared?. Sukanya Ghosh?s presentation, while focusing on the work ?Isosceles Forest?, will explore her use of animated gestures and layering as prompts to new narratives and dimensions in the photographs from her family albums. Rahaab Allana will present on the curatorial impulses and questions that went into the making of ?Catalyst?. The panel will be moderated by Bhooma Padmanabhan. 

To join the webinar:

Alkazi Foundation of the Arts - @alkazifoundation

The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts (AFA) is a charitable trust in New Delhi dedicated to the preservation and study of the cultural history of India. Ebrahim Alkazi, the Foundation?s Chairman and Director, has amassed a private collection of 19th- century photographs, the Alkazi Collection of Photography (ACP) as well as materials relating to post-Independence theatre in India, the Alkazi Theatre Archives (ATA). Know more about the foundation here.

Both the collections are housed at the AFA, which carries out research on these extensive holdings in preparation for a continuing series of scholarly publications and exhibitions.

Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival - @jimei_arles

Jimei x Arles International photo festival features international artists selected from the  Rencontres d?Arles alongside Chinese and Asian photographers. The photo festival was co-created by Sam Stourdz?, the director of international photo festival Rencontres d?Arles (France) and Chinese pioneer photographer RongRong in 2015. Know more about the photo festival here

Bios of the Panellists

Ashfika Rahman - @ashfikarahman47

Ashfika Rahman was born in Dhaka,Bangladesh. Her practice straddles art and documentary, drawing inspiration from 19th century prints which she re-contextualizes using contemporary media. Photography is the predominant medium through which she expresses her views on complex systemic social issues. In her practice she initiates to document the time and challenge the stereotypes of looking at victims, especially at the minors. Rahman studied photography in Hochschule Hannover, Germany and received a professional degree in Documentary Photography from Pathshala (South Asian Media Academy), later on she joined Pathshala as faculty. She received Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo in 2018. 

Sukanya Ghosh - @skinnyghosh

Sukanya Ghosh?s art practice spans across painting, photography, animation and the moving image. She works with the minutiae of urban life, popular culture and memory. She lives and works between Delhi and Calcutta. Born in Calcutta, 1973, Sukanya studied Painting at Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, and Animation at the NID, Ahmedabad. She was awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust Award, Sarai Independent Fellowship; artist commissions from 5 Million Incidents (Goethe Institut), French Embassy in India, Royal Commonwealth Society, UK and Motiroti, UK, among others. She has also been Artist-in-Residence at Khoj, New Delhi; Spike Island, Bristol; and AIR Vallauris, France.

She managed Arts programmes and design at the Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Calcutta for several years. She has done various graphic design projects including film publicity, book, exhibition and theatre design.

Rahaab Allana, Curator/Publisher Alkazi Foundation for the Arts | IND - @rahaaballana

Rahaab Allana is Curator/Publisher of the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts (New Delhi); Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) and Honorary Research Associate at the University College (London). He has curated various lens-based exhibitions, working with institutions and festivals internationally. He is the author of Inherited Spaces, Inhabited Places (2010); and has served as Guest Editor for Marg and the Lalit Kala Akademi Journals on photography specific issues in the past. He is also the Founding/Managing Editor of PIX, a theme-based photography initiative and exhibitionary platform in its tenth year; and is Guest Editor for a forthcoming issue with Aperture Magazine. 

Bhooma Padmanabhan - @bhooma.p

Bhooma Padmanabhan is a Chennai-based curator, researcher and art program manager. She is currently the co-curator of the Chennai Photo Biennale, Edition 3. Previously she has worked with the Students? Biennale ?Expanded Education Program?, Kochi Muziris Biennale (2018-19), and the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi (2007-2017). She has curated several exhibitions with emerging and mid-career artists from India, and through these platforms has been imagining the curatorial space as platforms for learning, resource sharing, and collaboration. Bhooma has a degree in Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai, and a masters in Art History from MS University of Baroda. 

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