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Harikrishna Katragadda and Shweta Upadhyay: I’ll be looking at the moon, but I’ll be seeing you

Harikrishna Katragadda is a visual artist whose work explores communities, environment and personal memories using photography, text, drawings and references from cinema and poetry. His documentary work with Cyanotypes on the Ganga river pollution received the Invisible Photographer Asia Art Award in 2018.

Shweta Upadhyay is a writer and an artist who works with photographs. She employs erasure and defacement using text and fragments from her personal diary, and includes references from poetry, literature and cinema. She works as the Assistant Editor of ART India magazine.

Their photobook submission, I’ll be looking at the moon, but I’ll be seeing you is a collective project, inspired by the opening scene in Jean Luc- Godard’s Le Mépris (1963) and the Billie Holiday song, I’ll Be Seeing You (1944). This body of work was initiated by Katragadda on the expressions and registers of love through a protagonist, his partner Shweta. The book attempts to capture ways of ‘seeing’ one’s lover, as well as the desire and heartache of ‘looking for’ the elusive other in the world. Shweta in turn responds to the narrative by layering the images with texts, fabric and other objects, transforming the images into self-reflective composites. Her memories intersect and alter the sanctity of linear time, transforming their relationship through both lived and imagined experiences.

We would like to thank all the participants for their time and commitment, and look forward to submissions for our future grants as well.