April 5 2014, New Delhi
Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
Sabeena Gadihoke is Associate Professor, Video and TV Production. She completed a Bachelor’s in History at Delhi University and a Master’s in Mass Communication at the AJK MCRC Jamia University before she started to teach at the MCRC in 1990. During 1996-7 she was a Fulbright Fellow at Syracuse University and received grants from the Charles Wallace Trust, India Foundation for the Arts and the Majlis Foundation for her research on Indian photography.
Besides being an academic, Sabeena has extensive experience as a video practitioner. She is a founder-member of Mediastorm, an independent video collective that received the Chameli Devi award for outstanding women journalists during 1992. Sabeena has also been an independent documentary filmmaker and cameraperson with over twenty years of experience. Her film Three Women and a Camera won awards at the Film South Asia at Kathmandu (1999) and at the Mumbai International Film Festival (2000) and she has shot numerous documentaries as a camerawoman.
Sabeena is also a photo historian and curator. She has written extensively on Indian photography and her book Camera Chronicles of Homai Vyarawalla on India’s first woman press photographer was published in 2006. She has curated several shows on photography, the most recent of which was a retrospective on Homai Vyarawalla at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi, Bombay and Bangalore. She is currently working on working on a book titled “Photography’s Many Lives: Visual Sensation and the Urban Everyday.”.
Georgina Maddox blurs the lines of documentation, theory and praxis by operating as a critic/curator and involving herself in visual art projects. She has engaged in the act of curating, collaborating and writing about art practices that examine and speak about issues of gender/sexuality/marginalization and the juxtaposition of social hierarchy with acts of agency and defiance, for over 13 years.
In the past she has worked as a fulltime culture correspondent with the Indian Express and the Times of India. She is currently freelancing as an art writer and has a regular art column in Time Out and the Hindu Business line Sunday Magazine Blink, while published in Open Magazine, Tehelka, India Today, Harpers Bazaar and Elle Magazine.
Her recent curatorial ventures have ranged from an exhibition of American Fulbright students discovering India through a different lens, in a show called Superpower (2010), to an exhibition, @rt Virtually Real, (2012) that looked critically at the effect of the internet on the viewing, buying and creating artwork through an exhibition that postulated through painting, video art, sculpture and mixed-media. She also curated Pixel Power, (2009) for the Loft in Mumbai that examined the subversive genre of art that drew its vocabulary from comic culture. Currently she is working with Engendered Space, in New Delhi on an exhibition that looks at issues of gender and sexuality through the prism of art.
Her collaborative art projects have been with, Khoj in Delhi for the residency on photography Shifting Focus, Art Oxygen, visual artists Navjot Altaf, Tejal Shah and Diaspora filmmaker Shalini Kantaya.
She has published essays in important books like, Articulating Resistance: Art and Activism; edited by Deeptha Achar and Shivaji K. Panikkar, and Phobic and the Erotic edited by Brinda Bose and Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India edited by Subhabrata Bhattacharya and Brinda Bose.
Hemant Sareen is a New Delhi-based independent art writer, critic, editor, and artist. He was a contributing editor and an associate editor at the Hong Kong-based ArtAsiaPacific, and continues to contribute to both Indian and international art publications. His photographic work has been published both in India and abroad including his photo essay in Punctum (2011). His work as an artists was shown in two group shows in New Delhi 2012 and a solo, ZooPoetics: A New Subject for the Next Social Revolution in 2013.