Focus Photography Festival 2015: What to Expect!

 

Inaugurated in 2013, FOCUS, Mumbai’s first photography festival is back for its second edition. It will be held from 12–26 March at different venues all over Mumbai. The theme of this year’s festival is CROSSOVER and there are over 30 exhibitions on display. The festival is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and is free to attend and open for all.

Here’s a look at some of the exciting events that you can expect at the FOCUS photography festival 2015.

Yaathum Oore, Yaavarum Kelir: The Whole World is My World, Humanity is My Fraternity 

Photograph/Arpita Shah. ‘The Azad Family, India / Pakistan / England / Scotland” from the series Portrait of Home 2014 © Arpita Shah, courtesy of FOCUS Photography Festival Mumbai 2015.

Photograph/Arpita Shah.
‘The Azad Family, India / Pakistan / England / Scotland” from the series Portrait of Home 2014 © Arpita Shah, courtesy of FOCUS Photography Festival Mumbai 2015.

This exhibition will feature the work that photographers submitted from all over the world. Photographers were invited to explore, investigate and visualise the cultural crossover that has given rise to a homogenity of culture which has resulted in a loss of identity, assimilation and globalisation.

Photograph/ Prabjot Singh Lotey. Work from the series ‘Turban – Identity Crisis in Sikhism’, 2013.  ©Prabjot Singh Lotey, courtesy FOCUS Photography Festival Mumbai, 2015.

Photograph/ Prabjot Singh Lotey.
Work from the series ‘Turban – Identity Crisis in Sikhism’, 2013.
©Prabjot Singh Lotey, courtesy FOCUS Photography Festival Mumbai, 2015.

This exhibition of 20 photographers has been curated by Pa. Madhavan who is the advisor to the CSMVS Museum Mumbai, the Founder of the Wanted Series and Executive Director of the Goa Centre for Alternative Photography. Along with this exhibition, visitors will be able to attend several workshops, talks and panel discussions.

The work of the following photographers will be exhibited: Asef Ali Mohammad, Werner Anselm Buhre, Denis Bernier, Ajit Bhadoriya, Laura Book, Geloy Conception, Sandeep Dhopate, Andrea Eich, Shilpa Gavane, Fiona Hackett, Villega Irving, Ahmed Kamal Saifi, Tsagkarakis Marinos, Viigneau Marylise, Arpan Mukherjee, Aun Raza, Raichur Sameer, Arpita Shah, Prabhojit Singh Lotey, Tsutomu Yamagata.

Venue: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla East

Neither Natural nor Necessary, selections from III Form and Void Full 

Photograph/Laura Letinsky.  ‘#49, 2013, (58 x 47 inches)’ from ‘Neither Natural nor Necessary’, selections from III Form and Void Full. ©Laura Letinsky, courtesy of Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai, 2015

Photograph/Laura Letinsky.
‘#49, 2013, (58 x 47 inches)’ from ‘Neither Natural nor Necessary’, selections from III Form and Void Full.
©Laura Letinsky, courtesy of Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai, 2015

Canadian fine-art photographer and professor at the University of Chicago, Laura Letinsky will present a series of works in a solo exhibition. The artist will also be giving a talk ‘You Are What You Eat’ at The Muse on 17 March 2015 from 6.30pm-7.30pm.  The event is free to attend, but RSVP is required here.

Venue: The Muse, Kala Ghoda.

Fairer People = Beautiful People = Powerful People

Photograph/Arpan Mukerjee. 'Untitled 01', from the series Fairer People = Beautiful People = Powerful People. Ambrotype photographs, 2014 ©Arpan Mukerjee. courtesy of FOCUS Photography Festival, Mumbai 2015.

Photograph/Arpan Mukherjee.
‘Untitled 01’, from the series Fairer People = Beautiful People = Powerful People. Ambrotype photographs, 2014 ©Arpan Mukerjee. courtesy of FOCUS Photography Festival, Mumbai 2015.

Arpan Mukherjee invited a group of people whose skin is dark to explore the relationship between skin colour and the prejudices that family and society hold in that respect. He used the wet plate colodion process, a printing method used in India in the 19th century. He will also be conducting alternative photography and darkroom workshops in collaboration with the last active darkroom in Mumbai.

Venue: The Art Entrance Gallery, Kala Ghoda.

On Love and Other Landscapes

Photograph/Yazan Khalili ‘page #79, 2011’, from the series ‘on love and other landscapes’   ©Yazan Khalili, courtesy of FOCUS Photography Festival Mumbai 2015 and the Mumbai Art Room.

Photograph/Yazan Khalili
‘page #79, 2011’, from the series ‘on love and other landscapes’
©Yazan Khalili, courtesy of FOCUS Photography Festival Mumbai 2015 and the Mumbai Art Room.

The exhibition will contain photographs by artist Yazan Khalili, based on the theme of ‘on love and other landscapes’ during the entire festival

Venue: The Art Room, Mumbai.

Photographs of Rural India

Photograph/Jyoti Bhatt,  Three Harijan girls, Kutch, Gujarat, 1979  © Jyoti Bhatt, courtesy of Tasveer and the FOCUS Photography Festival, Mumbai, 2015

Photograph/Jyoti Bhatt,
Three Harijan girls, Kutch, Gujarat, 1979
© Jyoti Bhatt, courtesy of Tasveer and the FOCUS Photography Festival, Mumbai, 2015

This exhibition will feature photographer and artist Jyoti Bhatt’s images from Rural India and will be diaplyed till the end of the festival.

Venue: Artisans’ Gallery, Mumbai

Tags: Ahmed Kamal Saifi, Ajit Bhadoriya, Andrea Eich, Arpan Mukherjee, Arpita Shah, Asef Ali Mohammad, Aun Raza, Denis Bernier, Fiona Hackett, FOCUS photography festival, Geloy Conception, Jyoti Bhatt, Laura Book, Laura Letinsky, photography, Photography Festival, Prabhojit Singh Lotey, Raichur Sameer, Sandeep Dhopate, Shilpa Gavane, Tsagkarakis Marinos, Tsutomu Yamagata, Viigneau Marylise, Villega Irving, Werner Anselm Buhre, Yazan Khalili