The elusive distance between the photographer and the photographed — is often impossible to bridge. Reflections on Representation is a conversation series hosted by the CPB Learning Lab and The Polis Project in April 2021. It brings together four photographers, educators, and visual practitioners. Ritesh Uttamchandani, Sinthujan Varathrajah, Laura Saunders, and Rishi Singhal in conversation with Suchitra Vijayan, rethink power, representation, and relationship image-making.
Using writer and photographer Suchitra Vijayan’s recent book Midnight's Borders: A People's History of Modern India as the point of departure, the conversations return to fundamental questions of representation - who gets to document and describe our social worlds? How do we rethink the relationship between text and photographs, mediated by neoliberal aesthetics of image-making and sharing? How does this affect the process of documentation, display, and creating an archive that depicts acts of violence, erasure, police brutality, occupation, and displacement? How do communities in resistance use photographs, media, and video to challenge the powerful? How do we locate questions of ethics within this discourse of representations?
Reflections on Representation | Series
Thursday, 8 April 2021 | 9:30 pm IST onwards
History Begins at Home: Conversation on Photography, and Memory
Speakers: Ritesh Uttamchandani + Suchitra Vijayan
Thursday, 15 April 2021 | 9:30 pm IST onwards
Representing geographies of displacement.
Speakers: Suchitra Vijayan + Sinthujan Varatharajah
Thursday, 22 April 2021 | 9:30 pm IST onwards
Against Empire: Records of resistance
Speakers: Suchitra Vijayan + Laura Saunders
Thursday, 29 April 2021 | 9:30 pm IST onwards
Rethinking Pedagogy: Dignity in Representation
Speakers: Rishi Singhal + Suchitra Vijayan
Note: The conversations will not be live streamed on Facebook / Youtube.