OFFSET PROJECTS X ANGKOR PHOTO FESTIVAL
27th November 2020
In conversation with Dennesse Victoria and Swastik Pal, Curators for this years projections at the Angkor Photo Festival. To register for the talk, click on the image below
Curatorial Statement :
Silence threads together this meeting of works from 24 photographers from 14 countries. Not that they’ve been silenced, but rather they are listening, on pause, trying to make out what’s to come at them next. Grief has marked them; loss of direction, of reference, loss of things once known to be true. And yet, this same admission of not knowing leaves their stories open. Maybe remembering is needed work, the same way discovering is. Maybe there are more things to be said, maybe the long arc does bend toward justice, maybe the missing can be found, maybe there are places where it is still safe, maybe there’s still room for choice, maybe we can look after each other, even though the whole world is burning.
About the curators:
Born in October 1991, Dennese Victoria is an artist living and working in the Philippines. Working across photography, moving image and installation, her work touches on truth, memory, personal history, and the exchanges that occur between herself and those that are reached by the forming and the sharing of her work.
Receiving a degree in Journalism from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila in 2012, she has since worked as an educator, cultural worker, and cinematographer, including filming for Shireen Seno’s second feature, Nervous Translation. She is currently a visiting faculty member at the Philippine High School for the Arts.
Born in 1991, Swastik Pal is a graduate from Calcutta University, India. After completing his post graduate diploma in mass communication from Jadavpur University, he received full scholarship to pursue Diploma in Photojournalism, at the Asian Center for Journalism, a World Press Photo partner organisation at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. He is keenly interested in photography and filmmaking.
Presently he is an independent photographer based in Calcutta, working on long term projects. In 2015, he was the recipient of the National Foundation of IndiaNational Media Photography Fellowship for his project- The Hungry Tide. He was nominated for the Joop Swart World Press Masterclass in 2015, 2017 and 2018. He recently completed a Masters in Film Studies from Jadavpur University, Calcutta.