NEW DELHI.- Vadehra Art Gallery
is presenting the exhibition Home and Away between September 13 and October 11, 2014. The show is curated by the acclaimed photographer and curator Sunil Gupta, and brings together a group of Indian and international photographers.
Photography as a medium is intrinsically tied to the past. It is most inextricably linked to its role as documentary evidence, as stand-in for that which was once before the camera lens. This holds true from its earliest beginnings when it captured the view outside the photographers window in Paris to the present where the ubiquitous presence of a digital camera-phone has turned everyone into photographers. That image lingers in our mind, reminding us of something. A something that over time turns familiar and reassuring. Sometimes it is not even the event or place in front of the lens but merely the hint in the image of an earlier memory. A remembered image. And even as ones capacity to remember text based factual information fades, one can still recall the image and the gaze.
The family, and particularly the photo album reconstruction of it, has played a large part in our memories of home. However, for most of us the yearning to get away to experience other things and perhaps the act of growing up means a break from those mythical comforts. Having left, we often feel like reversing the journey, to return home. But as Agee has pointed out you never really get all the way home again in your life. In this exhibition we take a look at what eight photographers think about home and away from home. Without a deliberate bias, its interesting that the women are looking inwards to a domestic environment and the men are on the outside; either away or strangers in their own homes.
Adira Thekkuveettil (b.1990)is the daughter of a scientist and and art historian, she has been influenced by culture and history from a young age. She is especially interested in the various roles photography plays in todays physical and virtual world, and the anomalies in which the image is used by different groups, yet democratically serves all. Being of mixed heritage herself, she explores issues of identity and personal histories. She has obtained a bachelors degree in Accessory Design from NIFT. Currently she is pursuing her Masters in Photography from the National Institute of Design. She is presently based out of Trivandrum and Gandhinagar.
Anna Fox is Professor of Photography at The University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, she has co-written, with Dr Deepak John Mathews, the post-graduate course in Photography at the National Institute of Design in India (UKIERI funded) and is now photography consultant at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. Fox is an internationally acclaimed photographer exhibiting and publishing her work; in 2010 she was shortlisted for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize and in 2012 for the Pilar Citoler Prize. Her work has been in numerous group shows including: Warworks at The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; Centre of the Universe; Liverpool and the Avant-Garde at Tate Liverpool, How We Are: Photographing Britain at Tate Britain and Documentary Dilemmas a British Council touring exhibition. A retrospective monograph Anna Fox Photographs 1983 2007 was published by Photoworks in 2007 and her solo exhibition Cockroach Diary and Other Stories is currently touring Europe. Fox co-edits Langfords Basic Photography and Behind the Image and her latest monograph, Resort 1 is published by Schilt in Amsterdam.
Anushav Yadav is a Photographer, publication designer and founder of the world renowned, online archive Indian Memory Project and The Memory Company. After graduating from NID Ahmedabad in 1997 and with 18 years of a career in Graphic Design & Advertising in tow, she also began working as a photographer in 2006. Her photography works present varying aspects in urban cultures and have been featured in international & national media, publications and exhibitions at several well-known galleries across India, Austria, USA and South Africa. In 2010, Anusha created/designed and founded Indian Memory Project the Worlds first online visual and narrative based archive. The project traces a personal history of the Indian subcontinent via photographs found in personal archives Honours: India today Woman entrepreneur of the year 2013-2014, INK fellow -2011, TEDxGateway Speaker of 2013, LOreal Paris Femina Women Achievers award winner of 2013, Prix Ars Electronica 2013, (an international award for Excellence in Cyber Arts.)
Charan Singh (b. India, 1978) lives and works in the UK and India. His photographic practice is informed by his thirteen years of HIV/AIDS work and community activism in India, along with a formal study of the history of art and photography. He is interested in the representation of gender and sexualities, relationships, recovery, loss and desire. Simultaneously, he questions some notions of the genre of self portraiture, however the principal common thread in all of his works are memory, story telling, and masculinity. His work was featured in Uncertain States # 14, a lens- based, artist led project in London and Take on Photography a special edition by Take on Art, New Delhi, India for Delhi Photo Festival, September 2013. His work has been exhibited at the Nigah Queer Fest, Goethe-Institute, Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi October 2010 and November 2011.
Debra-Lorraine Grant (b.1972) lives in Aldershot, UK. Her interest in photography is the domestic, everyday environment. The works she has made is autobiographical and documents aspects of women's ordinary lives. Although Grants interest in photography started from an early age, and she has been photographing and collecting objects for photographs whenever an opportunity presented itself for the majority her life, at the age of sixteen her personal circumstances dictated her career choices, and she became an Electrical and Electronic (Communications biased) Apprentice in the Portsmouth dockyard. From this apprenticeship she went on to become an Electrical Fitter and then Electrical Surveyor. She finished these roles after 22 years as a Project Group Officer when she took voluntary redundancy so that she could continue her studies in photography. She attended the University of the Creative Arts to study and continued to an MFA (Photography) 2014.
Dinesh Abiram (b.1985) is a photographer based out of Bangalore, India. With a bachelors degree in Visual Communication, he worked with various advertising agencies, and magazines, before becoming a full time photographer. His interests lie in long-term architectural projects, and documenting typologies. He is especially interested in understanding how changing communities affect the spaces they live in. He is currently pursuing his masters in Photography from the National Institute of Design.
Pedro Maçãs (b. 1981, Portugal) studied photography at the PG Fotografia, Projecto e Arte Contemporânea - Atelier de Lisboa (Lisbon) in 2010 and has a Masters in Fine Arts and Photography from the University For The Creative Arts, Farnham UK, former Surrey Institute of Art Design. He as a previous BA in Law. He is living in between London and Lisbon and working on subjects related with the sense of place and contemporary urban life. Pedro is currently developing several artist books while implementing his own publishing house - Wellesley Close Editions. Pedro´s work has been shown in several places in Portugal and in the UK. In 2013 the British Council granted Pedro with a residency at the National Institute of Design in India from which an on-going project about India is being made.
Rishi Singhal (b.1975) is a photographer and academic based out of Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He has lived in diverse geographies and societies across the world and is interested in observing constantly oscillating human ecologies. Currently he is heading the photography programme at National Institute of Design.
Sunil Gupta is a photographer, artist, educator and curator based in London and New Delhi. Born in New Delhi (1953) and educated at the Royal College of Art (London 1983,) he has been involved with independent photography as a critical practice for many years. His last solo show, "Sun City and other stories" was at the Alliance Francaise Gallery, New Delhi 2012 and his last book, "Queer" was published by Prestel/Vadehra Art Gallery in 2011. His next solo show is at Sepia Eye, New York, November 2014. He is Visiting Faculty at NID, Ahmedabad and UCA, Farnham UK. His work is many public collections including; George Eastman House (Rochester, USA), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tate Britain, the Royal Ontario Museum and Harvard University.