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Perspectives on Photobooks

‘Perspectives on Photobooks (Part 1)’ a panel discussion organised around the culture of photobooks, past and present as a prelude to the announcement of the Photobook Grant awardee. 

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Alisha Sett is a writer, curator and educator. She is Course Director for Aesthetics, Criticism and Theory at Jnanapravaha Mumbai, a founding director of Kashmir Photo Collective and a producer at Round O Films LLC. Her latest essay The Borrowed Archive can be read in the anthology image/con/text: documentary practices between journalism, art and activism published by Reimer Verlag Berlin in August. 

Nihaal Faizal is an artist whose recent works have explored the semi-fictional history of Flubber; family memories around the singer Mohammed Rafi; the international phenomenon of Taste of India restaurants; and drawings made by AI in science fiction films. In 2018, he founded Reliable Copy – a publishing house for works, projects, and writing by artists. Between 2013–16, he ran G.159 – a project space based out of his apartment in Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore.

Anshika Varma is a documentary photographer with an interest in personal, collective and mythical histories. Combining her curiosity to study cultural and social evolution with storytelling, her work often looks at the emotional connectivity between the individual and their environment. Through photography and book-making, she is interested in exploring the intricate relationship between memory and object as markers of one’s identity. In 2018, Anshika founded Offset Projects, an independent space focussed on the act of reading images.

Philippe Calia is an artist, photographer and filmmaker, currently based out of Bangalore, India. Since 2013, Calia has been collaborating with PIX as a photo editor and researcher. Between 2015 and 2020, he was a co-manager of BIND, a platform for photography in India, which opened public photo library in Bombay in 2017.