Open Call for Reimaging the Family Portrait Residency Program


Reimaging the Family Portrait is a residency program that invites photographers and lens-based artists to establish the transition from the accepted definition of ‘the family’ to what it represents now. The aim is to encourage exploration of innovative ways of looking at socio-cultural and ethnographic histories, value-systems and current familial equations from different sections of society, including the photographers.

Supported by the Franco-German Cultural Fund, the Alliance Française of Madras, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai, and the Chennai Photo Biennale Foundation, the program is open to South Asian origin photographers and lens-based artists across the world. The proposals can be a work-in-progress or proposed idea for a new project.

The 8 to 10 selected participants will be mentored by well-known artists such as Martine Fougeron, Markus Dreßen, and the 13Jara Collective. The residency will be divided into two phases. The first phase will be live sessions with Martine Fougeron in Chennai from 27 September until 5 October. The second phase will include a live session by Fougeron, a workshop on Zine Making with Markus Dreßen, and a workshop on Multimedia with 13Jara Collective. Attendance is mandatory for both phases of the residency from 1 to 17 November.

Each participant will be allotted a total grant of Rs. 40,000 for travel, accommodation and required research.

Deadline: 31 August

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