Quentin Bajac in conversation with Arko Datto

Online Program

Date: Jul 07, 2020
Time: 03:00 pm - 04:30 pm IST
Venue: Online


Join us for this discussion with Quentin Bajac, Director of Jeu de Paume, Paris and visual artist and Co-curator CPB Edition III, Arko Datto about contemporary photography practices, recent exhibitions at Jeu de Paume and personal insights from Bajac's curatorial journey.

Jeu de Paume is an iconic cultural institution located in the Tuileries Gardens, Paris. It has gained an international reputation as an art center that exhibits and promotes all forms of mechanical and electronic imagery (photography, cinema, video, installation, online creation, etc.) from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Know more about this cultural institution here

CPB in collaboration with French Institute in India is presenting a series of virtual engagements with French and Indian artists, curators, heads of museums, and galleries. These cross-cultural, knowledge-sharing dialogues aim to bring us to intersections of global art practices and themes that are reevaluating the meaning and disposition of lens-based art in contemporary contexts. 

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Quentin Bajac, Director Jue de Paume | FRA - @jeudepaumeparis

After starting his career at the Musee d?Orsay, Quentin Bajac was chief curator for photography at the Pompidou Center from 2007, before being appointed director of Photography at MoMA in New York in 2013. 

He has organised ?A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio? (2014), ?Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection? (2015) and, recently, ?Stephen Shore? (2018). He was co-curator of the exhibition ?Being Modern: MoMA in Paris, at Fondation? Louis Vuitton (2017).

He has written many books and he is also the author of a three-volume history of photography (D?couvertes Gallimard, 2000-2010). 

Since March 2019, Quentin Bajac has held the position of director of Jeu de Paume. 

Arko Datto, Visual artist and CPB Edition III Co-curator | IND - @arkodatto 

Arko Datto?s aim with photography is to question what it means to be a photographer in the digital age while simultaneously playing the role of observer and commentator on critical issues. He pursues narratives on seemingly disparate topics- forced migration, techno-fascism, surveillance in the digital panopticon, disappearing islands, nocturnal realms and psychosomatic stress of captive animals to name a few. Although every narrative he explores is separate and different from the next, together they form threads of inquiry into the existential dilemmas of our times.

By incorporating and developing diverse visual languages, narratives and styles, he wants to push the boundaries of both still and moving images. He was on his way to a doctorate in theoretical sciences before he decided to change course. Apart from working on his own visual projects, he also enjoys curating the works of others and has been associated with Kochi Biennale, Obscura Photography Festival and Chennai Photo Biennale in this regard.

He is currently represented by East Wing Gallery. He was the awardee of the Spring-Summer 2020 Camargo Core residency Program. 

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