The history of photography is intriguingly linked with the rise of Panjim, and the making of its entirely new Indian identity. This festival, which was spread in different venues across the city, facilitated a walking discovery of Panjim’s unique urban landscape and architectural heritage.
For the festival’s inaugural edition, Curator Frank Kalero had handpicked photographic narratives based on a simple idea- to explore the photographic portrait. The selected theme for this edition was “The Other”, which refers to the sense of otherness that both the photographer and the sitter felt when confronted with each other at the time of taking the portrait.
One of the participating photographers of the festival had expressed her desire to “tell real stories in a different way”. A certain willingness to draw in the theatrical and the fantastic was also highlighted through the perfectly illustrated works of Max Pinckers, Cristina de Middel and Alejandro Chaskielberg.
India Modern: Panjim and Photography- Vivek Menezes
The Fourth Wall- Max Pinckers (Belgium)
Balika Mela II- Gauri Gill (India)
The Road to Tepeyac- Alinka Echeverria (Mexico) & Text by Pamila Gupta
This is What Hatred Did- Cristina de Middel (Spain) & Text by Deepanjana Pal
Sidhpur Series- Sebastian Cortés (USA) & Text by Rosalyn D’Mello
Ariphoto- Shinya Artimoto (Japan)
Desert Dancers- Andrés Figuerora (Chile)
Mutters Schuhe- Nina Röder (Germany)
Street Studios-A South African Family Album- Alexia Webster
Kobo, Text by Hélène Joye-Cagnard- Joël tettamanti (Switzerland)
Made of Stone- Sophie Brasey (Switzerland)
Daolim- Sheetal Mallar (India)
Portraits of Men- Eurico Lindo Do Vale (Portugal)
Pilbara Stories- Ketaki Sheth (India)
Pilbara Stories- Bharat Sikka (India)
Jatra- Soumya Sankar Bose (India)
Backdrop- The Alkazi Collection (India) & Text by Rahaab Allana
Nambia: Re-Customized, De-Colonized- Meeri Koutaniemi (Finland)
La Creciente- Alejandro Chaskielberg (Argentina)