South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Image and the Afterlife: Exhibitions from the archive of the Alkazi Collection

Lecture by Rahaab Allana, Curator, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi

Thu, December 2, 2010 | ART 1.120

5:00 PM

This lecture will consider the archive and its afterlife through viewers and practitioners with respect to exhibitions of Indian photographs.  We often question the photographer’s subjectivity together with the camera’s ‘framing’ of time (its ability to reveal, censor, alter and re-orient), but how are these understood when dealing with images whose authors no longer exist?  Histories of photography in India and exhibitions that portray this have been largely understood in terms of the imperial, modern and post-colonial.  Exhibitions of photography have therefore also been part of a collective enterprise, representing the complexities between past and present.  Although the effect of photography on contemporary exhibitionary practice highlights social and visual histories, how does it help to shape the discourses on representation in visual culture today?  How do we understand exhibitions of photography as part of a collective art historical process?

Sponsored by: Department of Art and Art History and the South Asia Institute

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