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Studio Photography and Photoshop in Quetta, Pakistan

Studio Photography and Photoshop in Quetta, Pakistan | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"If you always dreamt of having your picture taken with your favourite celebrity or with a peculiar backdrop which could be anything from Mount Everest to the moon, your dream could come true in less than an hour at a photo-studio in Quetta."


Article by Danial Shah | DAWN

Photographs by Danial Shah and Taqi Hazara

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Featured Artist | Bani Abidi

Featured Artist | Bani Abidi | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

Artist : Bani Abidi

Title : Pari Wania, 7:42 pm, 22 August 2008, Ramadan, Karachi
Date(s) : 2009
Dimensions : 50.8 x 76.2 cms
Material : Duratrans Lightbox
Website : www.greencardamom.net
Credit : Courtesy Green Cardamom and the artist

 

"..Karachi Series 1 is an exploration of the place of religious minorities in a public environment not known for its acceptance of difference. During the month of Ramadan, at sunset, (in August at roughly 7.45pm) the time when Muslims break their fast, the streets of Karachi are deserted. By venturing into the street and performing everyday tasks in public, Abidi’s non-Muslim subjects reclaim a time and a place where their status as equal citizens in metropolitan Karachi is not contested..."

 

Bani Abidi’s videos, photographic works and drawings use elements of performance and orchestration to explore the processes of political history, popular imagination and identity formation. Abidi was born in Karachi in 1971, and currently lives between New Delhi and Karachi.

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'To Conquer her Land' By Poulomi Basu

'To Conquer her Land' By Poulomi Basu | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

Photographer Poulomi Basu said she got the idea after reading a newspaper article in 2009: India for the first time was recruiting women to serve in its Border Security Patrol, training them to police the country’s long and dangerous boundary with its archenemy, Pakistan.

“I thought this was something important that needed to be documented,” said Ms. Basu, who was born in India and divides her time now between London and Mumbai.

The merit of the project magnified in her mind as she realized all that her photos might show. Most of the recruits were from impoverished rural areas. If she could observe them not only in training but with their families as well, she would be able to tell the story of their transformation from villagers into soldiers.

“For these women, putting on a uniform was like coming out of their own skin,” Ms. Basu said. “They saw it as a way of gaining some form of independence...”

 

Photograph by Poulomi Basu

Article by Barry Bearak | LENS NYT

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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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