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Panellists

Editor & Researcher, TAKE on Art
Museologist, Curator & Writer, TAKE on Art
Artist, Curator, Publisher & Founder, Offset Projects
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Date & Time

Sat, 25 May 2024 Sun, 26 May 2024
Free Entry on a First Come First Served basis on RSVP and availability.

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Exhibition Opening: Saturday, 25th May | 2 pm
Exhibition on show until Sunday, 26th May | 8 pm

Walkthrough with the Curator: 
Saturday, 25th May | 6 pm – 7 pm
Sunday, 26th May | 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Panel Discussion:
Sunday, 26th May | 11 am – 12 pm

The exercise to retrace the intangible memories entwined with tangible objects is what created the research-based series of thirty-six photos A Home in the Constant Flux: A Call to the Verb Memory. The central idea of this photo-series is that during migration of people across geographies, the objects of love and necessity undergo the arduous ordeal, and that these, bearing the patina of age, create a desire to develop an understanding that personal histories are not isolated from the political selves.

The technique of cyanotypes, which is used to print the archival maps for A Home in the Constant Flux: A Call to the Verb Memory metamorphoses into a metaphor of capriciousness – endured by refugees. As the cartographic lines, in various shades of blue and white, overlap the digital images of the objects, they gesture at the fluidity of the memory only to find itself resistant to the burden of confinement around the refugees. The aesthetic of distortion – in the form of borders, the viscosity of the blues and whites, and the ballet of letters – epitomises the inevitability of embracing impermanence as one of the few constants in a life on the move. The element of distortion serves as a bridge between abstract and representation to encourage the viewer to navigate and map the photo series in order to question the boundaries of perception.

The panel discussion on the second day of the event will delve into the influence of visual representation on refugee narratives, particularly in light of the surge of imagery overpowering the social and print media in recent years. This influx frequently drowns out the individual voices of refugees, maintaining stereotypical visual stereotypes that confine visual language of that of a destitute ‘other’. Furthermore, the conversation will confront the inherent tendency to marginalize migrants through photography, highlighting the disparity between mainstream portrayals and the more empathetic and authentic depictions found in the research-based project A Home in the Constant Flux: A Call to the Verb Memory.

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Panellists

Dilpreet Bhullar

Editor & Researcher, TAKE on Art

As an editor and a researcher, Dilpreet Bhullar’s writings lie at the intersection of visual culture, decolonisation and curation. With an MPhil from the University of Delhi in Comparative Literature, she has been the recipient of the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellowship at Columbia University, New York and International Center For Advocates Against Discrimination Fellowship, New York. Her essays are frequently published in leading books, journals and magazines. She co-conceptualised the international symposium Horizon and Perspective: Curatorial Gaze to Gauge Promise of Art, New Delhi. In her long-standing role as the associate editor at India Habitat Centre she edited theme based visual arts journal as well as co-edited the books Third Eye: Photography and Ways of Seeing (India Habitat Centre and Speaking Tiger, 2019) and Voices and Images (India Habitat Centre and Penguin Random House, 2015). Her research-based photo project A Home in the Constant Flux: A Call to the Verb Memory has displayed at Simurgh Centre, Goethe Institute, New Delhi, Arthshila Santiniketan. Currently, managing editor of the magazine TAKE on Art dedicated to South Asian contemporary arts, Bhullar shuttles between New Delhi and Mumbai, India.

Manan Shah

Museologist, Curator & Writer, TAKE on Art

Manan Shah is a museologist, curator and writer. Born and brought up in Kasheer (Kashmir), he has published widely in magazines and journals including, TAKE on Art, Inverse Journal, History is Now Magazine, World History Encyclopedia, among others. His writings and curatorial practices are attentive to the knowledge systems of antiquity that have informed the current-day cultural and political identity of Kashmir. Shah is a recipient of the Kochi Biennale Curatorial Fellowship and has been part of India Art Fair’s Young Collectors Programme as an assistant curator. His curatorial ventures including Which Sky do Birds Fly (2023) and Scripted Selves: Sutures of Signs and Symbol (2024) have been part of LATITUDE 28’s exhibition calendar. Shah also curated a research-based photo project, A Home in the Constant Flux: A Call to the Verb Memory Simurgh Centre, Goethe Institute, New Delhi (2023), and Arthshila, Santiniketan (2024). He was the programme assistant to the curatorial symposium Horizon and Perspective: Curatorial Gaze to Gauge Promise of Art, part of TAKE on Writing series (2023). Currently, based in New Delhi, Shah, a member of ICOM India, is working as an editorial and programme assistant at TAKE on Art. He is also part of the curatorial team at the contemporary art gallery LATITUDE 28, New Delhi.

Anshika Varma

Artist, Curator, Publisher & Founder, Offset Projects

Anshika Varma is a photographer with an interest in personal, collective and mythical histories. Combining her curiosity to study cultural and social evolution with storytelling, her work often looks at the emotional connection between an individual and their environment. With photography and book-making, she is interested in exploring the intricate relationship between memory and object as markers of one’s identity. The book becomes an important medium of work for the artist to align with her interest in the democratic dissemination of artistic expression and break notions of exclusivity in access and ownership of art. She is the founder of Offset Projects, an initiative working extensively on creating modes of access and creation within the photographic language with a focus on voices from South Asia and the Global South through activations from its public access library, workshops, residencies, artist talks, curated reading rooms and collaborative exercises in publishing.