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Abhishek Poddar on the Landscape of Contemporary Photography in India

Abhishek Poddar on the Landscape of Contemporary Photography in India | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Amongst so many galleries around today, we needed to be clear about how we define and differentiate ourselves. Tasveer's relationship to photography is perhaps different from the other organisations that are Involved with art and photography that exist in India. Tasveer's contribution has been as a commercial gallery, and one that tries to encourage both the promotion and also the sale of photographs in India. These concepts are intrinsically linked, and both have therefore gone some way to defining the identity and motivation of Tasveer over the years. I 'll attempt to briefly and simply about the history of the photography market and how this relates to India, followed by an outline of a few of the ways in which Tasveer tries to do more than just sell and exhibit photographs, and how we are also, to the best of our ability, trying to contribute to the wonderful and fast evolving landscape of photography in India..."

Text by Abhishek Poddar | The Arts Trust

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Exhibition in Mumbai | Yamini Nayar at Amrita Jhaveri Projects

Exhibition in Mumbai | Yamini Nayar at Amrita Jhaveri Projects | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"A Yamini Nayar photograph is a document of constructed moments or a visual recording of a sculpture she has carefully built and then thoughtfully destroyed. In her words, her photographs “monumentalize and memorialize the fragility and decay of the sculptures, preserve the modest and humble experiences and detritus of everyday life from which they are constructed.”

 

Image by Yamini Nayar, Interview by Rosely n D'Mello

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'Photo Finish' - Matthieu Foss Gallery closes down

'Photo Finish' - Matthieu Foss Gallery closes down | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

Seven years ago, curator Matthieu Foss moved to Mumbai from Paris and became closely involved with the arts in India — more specifically, photography. One of the founders of Paris Photo, an annual photography fair held in Paris, he was no stranger to this form of art. He started working with Tasveer Arts — an organisation committed to the art of photography — managing their activities in Mumbai, but went solo soon after. Thereafter, for a brief period, he organised photography exhibitions at rented venues and eventually set up his own gallery in 2010. Matthieu Foss Gallery became the first private gallery in the city, dedicated solely to photography.

 

But now, and all too soon, the gallery hosted its last show, which ended on January 28. It will close down shortly. The reason Foss cites is the uncertainty of the market...

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An Edgy Art Haven in India Gains Momentum

An Edgy Art Haven in India Gains Momentum | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it
The indie Khoj International Artists' Association was established in 1997 as a nonprofit visual arts incubator and has since grown to become one of India's most vibrant and talked-about art hubs.
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TEDxAhmedabad - Abhishek Poddar - Rediscovering Photography

Abhishek Poddar is one of the founding partners at Tasveer, a pan-Indian gallery dedicated to the art of photography. Since it's inaugural exhibition of the ...
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Exhibition in Mumbai | Rashid Rana: 'Apposite - Opposite'

Exhibition in Mumbai | Rashid Rana: 'Apposite - Opposite' | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

On April 9, Rana's show will open across two galleries in Mumbai, Chemould Prescott Road and Chatterjee & Lal, his first exhibition in the city in five years. On display will be a series of works in what is now his trademark style: large photo mosaics made up of scores of tiny, seeming unrelated or contradictory individual images. One of the most provocative examples of this technique is the six-part Veil series, first exhibited at London's prestigious Saatchi Gallery and Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai in 2007. The work showed an anonymous figure dressed in a burkha, with this larger image made up of tiny, blurred pornographic stills of women, taken from the internet. By juxtaposing the two ideas, Rana critiqued negative stereotypes of women, both the sexual objectification inherent in pornography and the stereotypical image of women from the Islamic world constructed by the media.
 

The paradoxes and duality of a larger image and its constituent smaller images have dominated Rana's artistic practice for the past decade. "Today, every image, idea and truth - whether in ancient mythology or the news of the day - encompasses its opposite within itself. We live in a state of duality," says Rana. "My works are an effort to represent this complexity and transcend the bold divisions that people create in their perceptions."
 

Thus, in Mumbai this month, Rana will exhibit works such as the Language Series, three mosaic landscapes made up of tiny photographs taken by Rana over the past two years of all kinds of text present outdoors in Lahore, such as chalk messages on walls, banners, posters and signboards. "So much of cultural, social and political history is embedded in these texts," says Rana...

Article by Riddhi Doshi | Hindustan Times 

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Exhibition in Kolkata | Natasha de Betak, Nightshade

Exhibition in Kolkata | Natasha de Betak, Nightshade | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"It is a disorienting and, at the same time, a curiously gripping experience to walk into Nightshade, an exhibition of photographs by Natasha de Betak, presented by Experimenter (February 17-March 31). The walls do not have a lot, yet the exhibition space seems intangibly stirred by dreams, fleeting memories and allusions generated by the photographs that are displayed. The photographs come from two series, Nightshade and Impulse, both born out of de Betak’s travels in India. It is as though the two sets explore the amorphous, shifting worlds that crowd into and around sleep — one gazing on sleep from the outside, as if to uncover its nature by presenting its real, yet mysterious, physicality, and the other inhabiting moments or wandering regions in dream and fancy, in memory, longing and fear..."

Bhaswati Chakravorty in The Telegraph

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India Matters: Art and industry

India Matters: Art and industry | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it
The buzz around art keeps growing, whether it's the discovery of Indian collectors by western artists and galleries as their economies sink deeper into recession, or the celebration of home grown artists by phirangi brands and auction houses.
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New Delhi's India Art Fair explodes this year

New Delhi's India Art Fair explodes this year | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it
India Art Fair is officially one of the best attended art events in the world: How to enjoy it and New Delhi at the same time.
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Alexander Evans and Michael Robinson's curator insight, October 29, 2014 5:05 AM

The Indian Art Fair was founded by 31-year-old Neha Kirpal in 2008.

This art fair shows the work of a variety of famous arts such as Picasso, Dali, Rashid Rana and Damien Hirst. During the first three editions of the fair over 170,00 visitors show up. This makes the Indian Art Fair one of the world's most popular fairs.