About Walking - Digital Symposium

Panel Discussion

Date: Mar 25-26, 2021
Time: 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm IST
Venue: Online


The CPB Foundation in partnership with Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie is organising a symposium that is dedicated to walking in photography. Under the title "About Walking", photographers and researchers will talk about the various social and political aspects of walking from a transcultural perspective. Whereas for some walking can be perceived as a relief in times of drastic mobility restrictions, for others walking became necessary and existential. Such as for migrant workers in India, who can only reach their homes, often hundreds of kilometres away, on foot.

The symposium will take place on two days and will be held in English via the platform Zoom. You can register for the symposium here

Day 1: Thursday, 25 March 2021 


Presentation by Katja Stuke

Presentation by Vijay Prabhat Kamalakara 

Day 2: Friday, 26 March 2021 


Presentation by Michal Iwanowski 

Presentation by Siddharth Agarwal

Presentation by Andreas Langfeld 

Presentation by Vidhya Mohan Kumar

Panel moderated by Alexander Hagmann

The symposium "About Walking" is co-presented with Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie with support from Friedrich Stiftung.

About the speakers: 

Alexander Hagmann 

Alexander Hagmann (*1981) is the founder and publisher of 'dieMotive – Zeitschrift zur Kultur der Fotografie', as well as producer of the dieMotive podcast and developer of the card game FOTOGRAFENRATEN. In addition, he works as a freelance photographer and designer and publishes short interviews with photographers and artists at regular intervals. Hagmann sees himself as a communicator for photography. He lives and works in Hamburg. 

Andreas Langfeld

Andreas Langfeld, born in 1984, studied at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany. 
He works in the range of artistic documentary photography. 
In 2016 he showed his body of work “Status” in a solo exhibition at the Museum Ostwall / Dortmund. His work was also shown in several group exhibitions like at the F/Stop Festival for photography in Leipzig, at the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie in Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg and in the Centre Pompidou, Paris. He lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Boris Sieverts

*1969, travel guide. Studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Worked as a shepherd and in architectural offices in Cologne and Bonn. Since 1997 he has been guiding locals and tourists through the grey areas of urban centres with his "Büro für Städtereisen". In doing so, he uses sophisticated spatial sequences to create scenic connections for environments that are otherwise considered extremely disparate. From his findings, the Büro für Städtereisen develops visions and further interpretations of the explored environments - in addition to the touristic offer of the trips - and feeds these into spatial planning and the cultural sector. Teaching assignments in Nantes, Leipzig, Kassel, Portland, Maastricht, Hamburg, among others. Solo exhibitions and participation in exhibitions in Germany, France, Sweden and the USA. Lives in Cologne.

Katja Stuke

Katja Stuke (*1968) lives and works in Düsseldorf/Germany. She is a photographer and artist, curator and exhibition organizer, designer, art book editor and visiting lecturer on photography and photobooks. She often works together with Oliver Sieber. In 2017 they won the LUMA Foundation Book Award at the Rencontres d’Arles. They are members of the board of the DGPh (Germany Society of Photography) and with Stefanie Diekmann the heads of the „History and Archive“ division.

Michal Iwanowski

Michal Iwanowski is a Cardiff based artist and photographer. He graduated from Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport in 2008. The most recent project ‘Go Home, Polish’ has been featured on TV Arte, BBC World and in The Guardian. His first monograph ‘Clear of People’ was published by Brave Books in April 2017. His work combines elements of the documentary tradition with a conceptual approach, bringing together photography, text, archival materials and performative elements, i.e. long distance walking. Iwanowski often sets his protagonists against nature, in a bid to highlight the parallels between the personal and the global perspectives.

Paroma Mukherjee

Paroma Mukherjee is a photographer, writer and photo editor, at present with the Hindustan Times as Head – National Photography Desk, based in New Delhi. She was previously the Photo Editor at Time Out Delhi, Blouin ArtInfo Monthly Editions and began her career at The Indian Express as a photojournalist in 2005. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan, and she has exhibited at the India Habitat Centre, Max Mueller Bhavan (New Delhi), National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai) and the Angkor Photo. 

Ram Rahman 

Ram Rahman (b.1955) is a photographer, artist, curator, designer and activist. He initially studied physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later completed a degree in Graphic Design from Yale University’s School of Art in 1979. Architecture is a prime subject of a large part of his works. He has exhibited in individual and group shows in India and around the world. Amongst the shows Rahman has curated are Sunil Janah Vintage Photographs at the NGMA, Mumbai, 2015, Delhi Modern: The Architectural Photographs of Madan Mahatta at Photoink, Delhi, 2012, Heat – Moving Pictures Visions, Phantasms and Nightmares at Bose Pacia, New York, 2003 and so on. Rahman is one of the founding members of the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) in New Delhi. 

Siddharth Agarwal

Siddharth Agarwal, founder of Veditum India Foundation, is trained as an aerospace engineer from IIT Kharagpur. However, he currently spends most of his time collecting stories while walking across India - in an attempt to document and bring stories of marginalized people and the environment into the culture at large. In the past 5 years, he has walked over 6000kms across India, mostly along rivers.

Vidhya Mohankumar

Vidhya Mohankumar is an architect and urban designer with over 15 years of work experience in India, Ireland and the United States. Her work is focused on creating cities that are people-oriented and centred around transit as part of a sustainable development agenda that she is passionate about. Her approach is driven by research that is grounded and intersectional as a way to understand the everyday urbanism of cities. In 2011, Vidhya founded Urban Design Collective (UDC), a collaborative platform for architects, urban designers and planners to create livable cities through participatory planning. 

Vijay Prabhat 

Vijay went to a B-School, worked in the Banking and IT industries, and now tells stories for a living. He loves puns, history, trivia, and words in general, and is grateful that his work surrounds him with people who obsess about these even more. Vijay is the founder of  Storytrails, an organization that showcases India through her stories, and a pioneer in designing story-based walking tours, audio tours and local experiences across India. Storytrails is highly rated in most travel publications and has won many awards including the 'Travellers’ Choice' and 'Hall of Fame' Awards from Tripadvisor. 

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