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.
Offset Projects held a two day interactive session with the students of the Creative Documentary Program at the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication. The programme included a talk with Valentina Abenavoli from Akina Books, a one-on-one review session with the students on their final year project and an engaging reading of photo-books with the Offset Pitara.
With support from KHOJ Studio in New Delhi, Offset Projects held a one day workshop on book binding techniques for a small and intimate group of people. The workshop covered various aspects of making one’s own book and discussed the importance of a synchronicity with ones work to the paper, spine, cover and their various formats for making the book into an object.
Spread over a period of 6 days, our selected photographers worked on formats of story-telling, editing and book-binding to bring together a vision for their personal work into a book format. The workshop, led by Valentina Abenavoli from Akina Books, was centered around discussions and conversations on photography, mythologies, film screenings, and book readings.
Studio 365 offered immense support as our location partner for the workshop.
BOOK BINDING WORKSHOP WITH VALENTINA ABENAVOLI
Duration : 11am-4pm
Date : 29th November 2018
Price : INR 1500
Offset Projects and Valentina Abenavoli from Akina Books will be conducting a one-day Book Binding Workshop in New Delhi.
The workshop will be open to all on the basis of a pre-registration.
To apply please click here or on the link below:
The objective of the workshop is to introduce different binding techniques to the participants and make them aware about how these binds affect the reading of a visual book.
Offset will bring in all material needed for the binding process along with a small pop-up collection from our Library incase anyone present would be interested.
Please note that all emails for participation confirmed by Offset are non- refundable.
We’re extremely excited to welcome participants from the first of our series of workshops on book making and photography intensive! Selected participants for the workshop :
Akshay Mahajan (Goa)
Srinivas Kuruganti (Mumbai)
Harikrishna Kattragada (Mumbai)
Mansi Pal (Cambodia)
Krishanu Nagar (Mumbai)
Anushree Fadnavis (New Delhi)
Hashim Badani (Mumbai)
Martushka From East
In From theory to the book with Valetina Abenavoli we’re going to try and look at how one can work with the language and medium of the book format through reviews, editing sessions, parallel understandings through films, music and writing and via conversations and sharing thoughts about our collective work and process.
The workshop begins on the 19th of November and will wrap up on the 24th of November.
This is going to be a very exciting adventure we are all embarking on and Im so glad to begin the Offset journey with you all!
Some press clippings of the launch and review for Calcutta Then, Kolkata now with Roli Books.
The book can be purchased at all leading bookstores in India and through amazon at :
Buy Calcutta Then Kolkata Now Online
Calcutta Then | Kolkata Now Hardcover
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Roli Books (28 September 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8193750195
- ISBN-13: 978-8193750193
- Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 30 x 2.5 cm
Outlook Traveller, November 2018 Issue
The Pioneer and The Indian Express
Sangbad Pratidin 07-10-18
The Telegraph, Kolkata
The Sunday Standard, New Indian Express
India Today Weekly,
Verve Magazine : The most beautiful Books of 2018
Better Photography Magazine Book Review