19th December 2020
The webinar will be held on the online platform Zoom. To register for the webinar please click on the link below:
Keeping up with the Photograph
The conversation seeks to address our understanding of photography vs the photograph. As a medium created and dependent on technological changes, the Guftgu proposes to its panelists if we need to re-look and re-define the medium. New media technologies and AI have become collaborators within lens-based language. Constrained within the dimensions of analogue, digital, evidence, fiction, print, edition we are confronted with the explorations of what it means to photograph today more than ever since these distinctions have been consumed by a larger growing interdisciplinary media. As a region which has limited resources on avenues for education in the arts, how can we create our own ways of understanding visual practice as an extension of our language and experience? As practitioners and educators, Munem Wasif and Rishi Singhal will speak on what this fluidity might mean for understanding and teaching photography today.
About the Panelists :
Munem Wasif (Bangladesh) explores complex socio-political issues through photography and video. His artistic practice is marked by close engagement and intimate commitment, both physical and psychological, to his subjects of interest and it usually unfolds through long-term research processes. While interested in the archival and social value of documentary photography, his works often confound the boundaries between fact and fiction. He has participated in international exhibitions such as Sharjah Biennial 14 (2019); the 9th Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art, Brisbane (2018-19); An Atlas of Mirrors, Singapore Biennale (2016), among numerous others. Wasif is currently fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2020 – 2021).
Munem Wasif’s portrait by AJ Ghani
Rishi Singhal is the head of the masters programme in Photography Design at National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar. He has received his education from Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology, Ahmedabad (1998), Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY (2002-03), and the College of Visual & Performing Arts at Syracuse University, NY (2005).
The Guftgu Series have been facilitated and supported by Pro-Helvetia New Delhi’s Now On Grant for the year 2020.