Offset Pitara One
Chennai Photo Biennale 2019
A Reading Room curated by Anshika Varma
The photographic document has stood over time to present itself as an unbiased, detached witness to a fact often erasing the presence and sensitivities of the photographer behind it. The supposition of a final truth, a single uncompromising fact that can be captured, has placed upon the photograph and its creator a great weight. Within this medium, the growth and emergence of the photobook has allowed an authorship to the act of creation of personal independant voices.
The influence of ones’ perception in the creation of our truths is presented with greater strength with the form of the book. Objects, situations and narratives become symbolic of these multiple realities. While envisaging the aspects of our metaphorical environments, the books included look to prod deeper into an understanding of how we perceive the world today. It is keen to explore approaches to photographic bodies of book-making that give light to the various truths we surround ourselves with.
The Offset Pitara is keen to look at the multiplicities that exist within spheres of our public worlds, mass migrations, environmental impact on the human race and in personal associations of reality connected by memories and relationships.
Photobooks exhibited :
- A proposition for departure- Sohrab Hura
- A Peal of Spring Thunder- Ishan Tankha
- Call Me Heena- Shahria Sharmin
- Control – Cagdas Erdogan
- Dalit- A Quest For Dignity- Nepal Picture Library
- Ebifananyi- Set of 8 books – Andrea Stulteins
- Harvest- Valentina Abenavoli
- Hold Nothing Dear- Alaknanda Nag
- Ill be looking at the moon but ill be seeing you- Harikrishna Kattragada
- Kanu’s Gandhi – Kanu Gandhi
- Look its Getting Sunny Out Side- Sohrab Hura
- My Birth- Carmen Winant
- Shauna 2007-2009 Sean Lee
- Shenaznameh- Amak Mahmoodian
- Sun Gardens Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins
- The Ballad of Sexual Dependency- Nan Goldin
- There are no homosexuals in Iran- Laurence Rasti
- This is Mars- Xavier Barral
- When Abba Was Ill- Adil Hasan
- Witness- Edited by Sanjay Kak
- Will My Mannequin be Home When I Return- Arko Datto
*A special thank you to Paroma Mukherjee for lending her words for the exhibit of the Witness book during the Biennale.