Thursday, 15 October 2015

‘Origins’- a photographic tale of relations between the UK and India
An initiative by British Council and Alkazi Foundation

Delhi, October 15, 2015: The British Council in association with the Alkazi Foundation brings to India a photo exhibition featuring the work of 31 artists and a publication by 6 authors, under their initiative called PHOTOUK-INDIA to promote the works of emerging and established photographers from the UK and India.
The theme of Photo UK-India is ‘Origins’. This thematic issue seeks a refreshed unraveling of the meaning of Origins by privileging narrative-based photo submissions about family formations, histories, travel, metropolitanism, journalism and art practice as forms of visual communication. The connection shared by the UK and India influences what we remember, as memories keep developing and amending, allowing us to re-imagine our identities today and change or condition our geographies, locations and situations. Consequently,
The UK-India issue seeks not only to present photography in visual terms, but also in interdisciplinary ways. The synthesis or exchange of cultures leads as much to mixtures as it does to tensions, and these could be explored and critically discussed. That is to say, with analogue thinking and digital practice – identity and belonging are always being negotiated. The exhibition will have the works of 21 UK and 10 Indian photographers.

Rob Lynes, Director, British Council, India, says, “We are delighted to partner with Alkazi Foundation to initiate Photo UK-India, which will provide a platform to emerging artists to showcase their work to the audience. The response we got through the entries was phenomenal.  The event will present the thought process of today’s generation vis-à-vis photos, of what they think and perceive about the relations between UK and India.”

Rahaab Allana, Curator for Photo UK-India, says, “It is a great initiative by the British Council and Alkazi Foundation to provide a platform for the emerging and established artists to come together and showcase the vision they have of UK and India.”

Exhibition dates: October 16, 2015 to January 3, 2016
Exhibition time: 8.00-20.00(Monday- Saturday) and 9.00-18.00(Sunday)

Notes to Editor

About the Photo UK-India
The British Council along with the Alkazi Foundation started a unique photographic initiative on 1 July, 2015 called PHOTOUK-INDIA to promote the works of emerging and established photographers from the UK and India. This is to culminate in an exhibition and publication in October 2015. The initiative received an overwhelming response after the last date for entries closed on Saturday, 25 July, 2015.
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