Sensorium 2014: Art meets Photos
An arts and literary festival in Goa, Sensorium 2014, is a reflection on photography and its intersection with literature, cinema and music.
From 5 December 2014 till 25 January 2015, Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts will host the inaugural edition of Sensorium. The festival at this idyllic locale promises to be wonderfully interesting, with literary and visual arts intermingling with photography.
Sensorium 2014 is being organised by Prashant Panjiar, co-founder of Delhi Photo Festival, and author Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, Honorary Director of the festival. In keeping with the theme, the exhibitions on display will include a multimedia showcase, which reconstructs the body by Gopika Chowfla. Also on display will be Sohrab Hura’s notes, letter and photos on his mother’s illness that showcase the power of images and words, when used in combination.
Sooni Taraporevala, in From Screenplay to Screen, will take the viewer through the journey of her film Salaam Bombay from ideation, to words and finally visuals. Fausto Giaccone will recreate the enigmatic world of Gabriel García Márquez through his series Macondo.
The festival will also feature works from Dayanita Singh, photo-poetry based on the poems of Octavio Paz and Anusha Yadav’s The Indian Memory Project.
Here is a look at some of the fantastic exhibits on display in Goa.
Farrokh Chothia’s Jazz
For Sensorium, Farrokh will showcase his series of jazz portraiture that is a stark, emotion-filled document of these maestros and their place in the history of music. Speaking about the work, writer Salman Rushdie says, “With the series Jazz, Farrokh strives to create visual music. The images are a portfolio of the new age of jazz. They are centred not around glamour, but the hard work put in by these men and women, all masters of their craft. Don’t look at these pictures in silence. They ask for music to be played.”
Octavio Paz in India Curated by Jesús Clavero-Rodríguez
The group exhibition, curated by Jesús Clavero-Rodríguez, is a series of dialogues interlinking photography and Latin American poetry. The viewer is invited to delve deep into the words of Octavio Paz through the photos of Subrata Biswas, Adil Hasan and Sudeep Sen that act as a visual translation of the poetry.
Octavio Paz was a poet-diplomat and former Ambassador of Mexico to India (1962–68) and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.
Life is Elsewhere by Sohrab Hura
Life is Elsewhere is the first of the two books from the work Sweet Life. From 2006–2012, Sohrab made these photos while coming to terms with his mother’s prolonged illness. She had been diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 19 years old. Gradually, the work has shifted shape and become more of a journal. It includes letters and notes written over the years, along with the photographs to create a completely new narrative.
The Indian Memory Project by Anusha Yadav
The Indian Memory Project, started by Anusha in 2010, is a personal, visual and oral history of the Indian subcontinent. The project shows the country as being far more diverse, curious and surprising than we think. The project comprises of personal and family archives of images and letters of tremendous historical value. They have become the missing link to the country’s lost and unrecorded history.
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