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A Talk by Sneha Ragavan on:
The Digitised Photographic Archive of Jyoti Bhatt

About the talk:

The talk explores the role of the artist as a documenter and takes into consideration the photographic practice and archive of Baroda-based artist and educator Jyoti Bhatt.

It attempts to locate Bhatt’s photographic practice by examining the idea of Living Traditions to substantiate the ‘living’ or lived nature of practices versus the indexical tendency of photography to make static images; the anthropological prerogative of documentary photography versus the creative and critical strategies developed by Bhatt to negotiate these through developing certain egalitarian principles; and the archive of living traditions produced by Bhatt vis-a-vis tensions produced by its location within his larger personal archive, now part of a digitised, online, institutional archive.

About the speaker:

Sneha Ragavan is Senior Researcher and Projects Lead for Asia Art Archive (AAA) in India, based in New Delhi. Since 2012, Ragavan has worked with colleagues at AAA to research and digitise artist archives, develop online bibliographies and publications projects, and organise symposia. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad and an MA in art history and aesthetics from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda. Her areas of research interest include feminist cultural practices, archival practices, and art and architectural historiography.

Date & Time: 7 January | 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Churchgate Centre


Convergence Exhibition

Exhibition period: 22 December to 12 January | 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Venue: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Fort

Curation: Rahaab Allana, Alkazi Foundation
Scenography: The Brewhouse