Reshma Teelar for the project “Akam”
Reshma Teelar has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Media from the Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Kochi and a Master’s degree in Photography Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She has been engaged as a design educator and was an Assistant Professor at the Woxsen School of Art and Design, Hyderabad. Working as a professional documentary photographer for almost 9 years, Reshama has worked with several print and online publications, newspapers and marketing agencies. Her works has been exhibited at the Tokyo University of Arts, Japan (2015), the Osaka University of Arts, Japan (2016), the Osaka Arts Gallery, Japan (2016), the OFF Festival, Bratislava (2017) and at the Athens Photobook Festival, Athens (2018). Her writings and photographs have been published in several magazines.
Statement: “Project Akam (literally, insides) deals with my sleep paralysis. Through the process of recreating my nightmares, I am trying to overcome my fears. In the past 4 years, I have extensively noted down my hallucinations and have tried to re-create them through images. In staging and manipulating the images that populate my half-awake nightmares, I experience a sense of control over these fears that I otherwise forfeit to disorderly neurons. This is photographic theatre as therapy.”
Ashish Sahoo for the project “Perigon”.
Ashish Sahoo has a BFA. in Sculpture from the Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan and an M FA. in Sculpture from the College of Art, New Delhi. His works have been exhibited at the ‘Ephemeral: New Features for Passing Images’ at the Serendipity Arts Festival , Goa(2018), the ‘8 x 4 The Flowers Will Start Flowering’ at the Sala Rekalde Gallery, Spain (2019) and at the Students Biennale, Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014). Ashish is the recipient of the Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Photography Grant (2017-18).
Statement: “I started my research on Mughal Tamasha in January, 2020, when I met one of the living pioneers of this art form, Mr. Badal Sikdar, who resides in the area where this art form originated — that is Bhadrak. In my project, Perigon, I have planned to document the performers while they perform on the stage as well as outside their theatre space by staging them with more contemporary elements related to the local area of Bhadrak. My intention is to show not only the art form’s original background and historical aspects, but also its revival in the current context of society and culture.”
Aveek Sen (curator and writer)
Diana Campbell Betancourt (curator)
Richard Schechner (editor of TDR, author and theatre director)