Offset Pitara Chennai Photo Biennale

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 :

  1. A proposition for departure- Sohrab Hura
  2. A Peal of Spring Thunder- Ishan Tankha
  3. Call Me Heena- Shahria Sharmin
  4. Control – Cagdas Erdogan
  5. Dalit- A Quest For Dignity- Nepal Picture Library
  6. Ebifananyi- Set of 8 books – Andrea Stulteins
  7. Harvest- Valentina Abenavoli
  8. Hold Nothing Dear- Alaknanda Nag
  9. Ill be looking at the moon but ill be seeing you- Harikrishna Kattragada
  10. Kanu’s Gandhi – Kanu Gandhi
  11. Look its Getting Sunny Out Side- Sohrab Hura
  12. My Birth- Carmen Winant
  13. Shauna 2007-2009 Sean Lee
  14. Shenaznameh- Amak Mahmoodian
  15. Sun Gardens Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins
  16. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency- Nan Goldin
  17. There are no homosexuals in Iran- Laurence Rasti
  18. This is Mars- Xavier Barral
  19. When Abba Was Ill- Adil Hasan
  20. Witness- Edited by Sanjay Kak
  21. 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.

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