Sunday, August 8, 2010

RE-LOOK 5:Sunil Janah: Photographing History : India in the 1940s & 50s - a lecture by Ram Rahman

Dear All,
This is our fifth lecture in the RE-LOOK series on Indian art. Please note the change in time - it will begin an hour early at 5.30 pm as the talk is 2 hrs long with a short break in between. Don't miss it, it is a work of scholarship, full of rare and fascinating material and Ram has given it to packed auditoriums in Delhi. We think it is particularly apt for Independence day.

- Pushpamala N and Suresh Jayaram

Somberikatte @ 1Shanthiroad presents RE-LOOK 5: Lectures on Indian Art
Sunil Janah: Photographing History : India in the 1940s and 1950s
The Struggle for Independence and the New India

a lecture by
Ram Rahman
- Photographer, Cultural activist, New Delhi

Sunday 15 August 2010, 5:30 pm,
@ 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery, Bangalore
#1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar, Bangalore - 560 027
While Sunil Janah has been a legendary name in Indian photography, very few people have actually seen his work for many decades. As a Communist Party member in the 1940's, Janah's work was widely published and seen by the generation fighting for independence in the last decade of that struggle. In the 1950's, working out of Calcutta, he became the visual chronicler of the newly free India. Rahman sees the huge body of work that he produced as the epic of those two decades, a hidden chronicle of great potency, which has a unique place in world photography history.

Documentary photography and its legacy in India has never been properly contextualised and has not even been accessible. Rahman situates Janah in a discourse on art and politics, particularly at that cultural moment in India's history, when the Left dominated that discourse. This will be a long lecture, with scores of images, and is a rare chance to see many images which are not available in print.
Ram Rahman, photographer and cultural activist (b.1955) graduated with a BSc from MIT and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. While at MIT he studied Mughal Painting with Stewart Cary Welch and Gupta Sculpture with Pramod Chandra in Harvard, and photography history under Eugenia Parry Janis at Wellesley. Ram is a founding member of SAHMAT, the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust, and has been a team member conceiving and curating many of their events and exhibitions. He curated a major retrospective of the photos of Sunil Janah in New York in 1998. His photography has been shown around the world, and he has written and lectured in institutions worldwide. His last major exhibition Bioscope was held at Rabindra Bhavan in 2008 along with a book of the same name.

* This is the fifth in the Re-Look: Lectures on Indian art series.
Somberikatte is an initiative by Pushpamala N.

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