Showing the work by the following artists:
WHEN ABBA WAS ILL
by ADIL HASAN (India)
These images were taken when the photographer’s father was diagnosed with cancer. The project was meant to be a record of how his father would fight, how his family would see him through this horrible time, and of his mother’s love for him. The photographer’s memory congealed into vague impressions of what he thought he saw blurred and faded. These photographs are all he recalls now.
SEPARATED BY ALZHEIMER’S
by BERNADET DE PRINS (The Netherlands)
This series of photographs documents how a disease can led to tension between a happy couple and eventually force them to separate, ending their 40-year long relationship. The series captures instances of how Els and Louis cope with Alzheimer’s, the pain of losing memory and the process of separation.
by GYANENDRA BHATTARAI (Nepal)
Leela is the outcome of a play that concerns the amusement of a divine spirit. In the play, close relations are fostered between a mighty god and an increasingly faithful devotee. The metamorphic transformation that occurs within the performance is divine – Mangalu Chaudhari becomes Radha-Parbati and devotes himself to the goddess Durga Jagadambe. His performance connects the faith of the people to the divine. This is the story of his transformation.
THEY CALL IT TROUBLE
by KONRAD LIPPERT (Germany)
An atmosphere of mistrust, hatred and fear dominates lives in the deprived inner-city neighborhoods of Belfast. Nationalism runs deep and conflict and clashes are commonplace. In the eyes of the foreign media, the conflict is over and there is only an occasional tussle here and there. But everyday life is still affected by conflict, which the photographer displays amply in this project.
by LI MING (China)
Humans constantly distance themselves from nature. It seems they are not content with the beauty that surrounds them. Only in rare instances are they tired of manmade settings and venture out into untouched nature. These photographs capture these primal explorations of nature.
THE UMBILICAL VEIN
by LISA DE BOECK & MARILÈNE COOLENS (Belgium)
Marilène began taking the photos that make up The Umbilical Vein when her daughter was just five; the photography continued until she turned 18. These semi-staged dreamscape portraits developed into a mature conversation that deals not only with metamorphosis, personal identity, potential and a maternal relationship, but has evolved into a plea for sensual analysis and tragic romanticism. It reveals both the foundations of the close mother-daughter bond and the professional career of this artistic duo.
OLD PHOTO STUDIO OF TAMIL NADU
by MANIYARASAN RAJENDRAN & KARTHIK SUBRAMANIAN (India)
Archival images from ‘Vasan Studios’, Tamil Nadu, India re-tell stories of the past by narrating them through visuals that have withstood the passage of time. They recount tales of culture and traditions amidst a modernizing, increasingly globalizing generation.
PHOTOS OF MY FATHER
by MOHINI CHANDRA (Australia)
This work is based on every photograph of the photographer’s father that she could find in her family albums, scattered across the globe. Many of them allude to her own childhood experience in the 1970s, migrating from the UK, living in Australia and travelling frequently throughout the Pacific region amongst Indian diaspora communities. In the work, glimpses of studio backdrops from Fiji create an imaginary dreamscape where absences are painfully apparent, alluding to the diasporic experience of being in-between.
ÇA VA WAKA
by NASSIM ROUCHICHE (Algeria)
The aesthetic choice of this project has been imposed by the uncertainty of living in Algeria. Subjects appear transparent, illustrating the precariousness and fragility of their world, but also the fact that they are invisible to the society around them. This series marks the beginning of a long process that aims to start a debate about changing modes of life and living in Algeria, especially with the increasing migration of populations due to the recent crises that have hit the African continent.
by NICOLAS AXELROD (Switzerland)
Transitioning Cambodia is a series of photographs that give you an inside look at modern life in Cambodia – from the rapid changes to the country’s landscapes that have come with modernization and development to the less obvious transitions in family life, traditions and values of young Cambodians.
SCARS OF INDEPENDENCE
by OLGA INGURAZOVA (Russia)
This is a series of interlaced stories that mirror the devastating civil war that struck Abkhazia and the aftermath of its geopolitical isolation. These are the stories of the people and their homeland, alienated from each other yet remaining within one mutual world of seclusion. The project aims to uncover the meaning of deprivation within the context of the turmoil brought about by war and conflict.
by SUTIRTHA CHATTERJEE (India)
The photographer was freelancing for an agency when he was assigned to cover the hundredth birthday of Manohar Aich, Mr. Universe in 1952. The photographs document how this man of might has been reduced to a mere object. Having distanced himself from his children, Aich is seen both grieving and in gratitude. His chosen life of isolation does not seem to discomfort him. He is a man at peace with himself
THE GOD MACHINE
by WOUTER LE DUC (The Netherlands)
In The God Machine, the photographer tells the fictional story of John Murray Spear, a cult leader convinced that he is the instrument of God. He receives instructions from on high to build a machine that will represent God on earth and distribute an unlimited amount of energy, there by taking away all inequality in the world. Together with his followers, he builds this physical messiah. The photographer uses this fictional story as a blueprint to reflect on the same human desires and yearnings that lead to cult leaders and their followers.
OFFCUT, THE EDGE
by ZHAO QIAN (China)
Offcut tells the story of the ordinary and the everyday, things that we’d otherwise miss, cast aside or pass by. The project focuses on the aesthetic nature of life, the overlooked fragments that lie in color, light and forms. These elements exist on the periphery of vision, on the margins of any given location. In these photos, the photographer sets out to challenge the eye and the imagination.