WANTED SERIES | Conversations on Photography is an interaction conceived and organised by Goa Center for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP) and Aksgar in collaboration with Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, where prominent editors, curators and publishers from the art, photography and media world will discuss critical issues on photography in an informal setting. This is a monthly discussion series which travels to different cities in India.
Photography has been practiced in India since the first half of the 19th century and has evolved through rich and varied traditions in terms of form, modes of production and the use of technology. Photography has also undergone a sea change in terms of its circulation within the context of cultural capital, as well as in terms of the aesthetics developed by practitioners. Despite its rich history in the subcontinent, there has been to date, little attempt to uncover its diverse trajectories and no historiographical lens has ever been applied to this field as such. Moreover, with the advent of digital media, photography that is on an upswing in India increased the number of practitioners and an associated ecosystem like galleries, magazines and photography shows. However, critical dialogue on different issues of the importance for photography is not present. In such a scenario it becomes pivotal to engage in a dialogue that shall help promote the growth of photography as a medium of expression and an art form.
Through the ‘Wanted Series’, we would like to bring to the table eminent practitioners, theorists, curators, editors, research scholars and writers from India and Germany to discuss these issues and thereby capture the present state and the future possibilities of the medium. It also proposes to create a dialog on photography to enhance and intensify Indo-German exchanges on recent trends and offer perspectives for collaborative projects and research in the field of photography.
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. It conveys a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany’s cultural, social and political life. Through the network of Goethe-Institutes, Goethe Centres, cultural societies and reading rooms, alongside its examination and language learning centres, it performs the principal tasks of cultural and educational policy abroad. It works in partnership with public and private cultural bodies, the German federal states and municipalities, and the corporate sector.
Goa Center for Alternative Photography is the only organization in Asia region which experiments and practices alternative photography. Goa-CAP is also committed to providing an ecosystem for research as well as R&D leadership in photography.
Aksgar is a curated magazine that features compelling narrative photography work from India and beyond. Initiated in 2009, it is probably South Asia’s first online magazine exclusively dedicated to contemporary narrative photography, multimedia work and critical writings on photography.
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