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Theatre Photography Grant 2021

PARAMETERS OF THE GRANT:

From its very beginning photography has always held a tense relation with theatre practice, but with a mutual preoccupation with posing, staging, framing, and stillness.

The Theatre Photography Grant broadly seeks works that document theatre (events, practices/processes, people, and spaces) as well as photographs that are theatrical i.e enact a moment, an event, or state of mind.

We encourage practitioners to have an expanded understanding of what constitutes theatre and look forward to submissions that push the boundaries of theatre and photography, their interconnections, and ways in which practitioners may link them. 

The deadline for submission of entries is July 31, 2021.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

  • The area of focus of the grant is India, but the practitioner can be from outside the region.
  • It is open to all practitioners above the age of 25 years.
  • The grant is for a practitioner who is already working on a project.
  • Applicants should not hold any other fellowship or grant relating to the proposed project. This is a one-time grant for this project.

 

MANNER OF SUBMISSION — APPLICATION FORMAT:

(All applications should be emailed to theatrearchiveafa@gmail.com as one single pdf document with details in the following order.)

  • Name, date of birth and contact information.
  • A recently updated curriculum vitae of not more than two pages. This should include your education details, your history as an artist, past exhibitions, publications, awards/grants shortlisted for and/or received, as well as whether you have a full time job.
  • All entries should be given a project title and should be accompanied by a short written statement of 500 words (in English, in addition to your native language) describing the project as factually as possible.
  • Applicants will need to present a portfolio of the proposed project – the portfolio should consist of a maximum of 30 images in a sequenced and structured presentation that complements the written proposal.
  • The proposal should include a timetable to completion — the proposed project has to be completed within 18 months.
  • Budget Plan: The grant offers INR 1.5 lakhs to the recipient. A comprehensive budget needs to be provided, detailing all expenditure. The budget head should include:
  1. Material costs (Film, Processing, Digital processing, Test prints etc.)
  2. Production (Rental of lights, rental of studio equipment, props, costumes, hiring assistant etc.)
  3. Travel, accommodation and per-diem expenses.
  4. Expenditure towards capital assets cannot be included.
  • A statement attesting the following:
  1. That you are the author of any text and image, which you have sent to us or otherwise have been authorized by the owner to send it to us.
  2. That the submitted materials are hitherto unpublished works and the submission, use and possible display of them is not in copyright violation in any manner. 
  3. The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will not be liable for any loss, damage or personal injury whatsoever suffered or sustained by any person or entity that results from or arises out of use or display of submitted materials in connection with the Grant. The applicant indemnifies and holds The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts against any loss, damages, costs or claims, including fees for legal aid etc. arising out of a breach in any details and materials.
  4. In case there is any discrepancy or breach found in the details and materials furnished by the applicant, the application will be deemed as disqualified.

 

POST SELECTION:

  • The awardee will be notified as soon as a decision has been made. The deliberations of the jury will not be disclosed to anyone, including the applicants.
  • Within 10 days of notification the awardee will confirm in writing his or her acceptance of the Grant.
  • The awardee will provide The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts with the high resolution files of the work for publicity purposes. The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts ensures that the work will only be used for non-commercial, academic, educational purposes and also within the context of publicizing the work of the awardee.
  • To assist in the promotion of the Grant, the awardee will provide free of charge publicity rights.
  • Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will, wherever possible, seek to facilitate the organisation of exhibitions/releases of the awardee’s photographs. The awardee will also use his or her best efforts to research possible exhibition opportunities for the work.
  • Upon completion of the Grant, the awardee will submit high resolution TIFF files of the work to the Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts to promote the work/author, and retain it as part of the Alkazi Theatre Archives for research.
  • The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will be credited for supporting the work whenever the work is shown.
  • While copyright of all works submitted for these awards remains with the respective awardee, the awardee grants to The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts a worldwide, irrevocable, and perpetual license to reproduce representative examples of the submitted entries in any of their publications, websites, and/or in any promotional material, strictly in connection with the Grant, and with reference to the awardee, as relevant in each case; and to exhibit the photographs entered anywhere in the world for public display.
  • Submitted materials will NOT be used for commercial advertising purposes and will NOT be altered without the prior consent of the author, except as necessary to display or distribute them in a particular medium or format. Permissible uses of submitted materials shall include their reproduction, distribution and display in exhibitions, multimedia presentations, and printed materials related to or promoting the Grant. The The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will always credit the artist as the author and copyright holder of his/her photographs.
  • The final work may be exhibited at the end of grant. The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will help in realizing a display of the work in consultation with the awardee.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Each applicant agrees not to submit any entry that: infringes any third party’s proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity, or confidentiality obligations; and (2) otherwise violates the applicable state, federal, provincial, or local law. Therefore, The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts also reserves the right to reconsider or not publish projects that have received the grant if in due course, before the realization of the project, any new information about any form of violation of the above comes to light.
  • Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will not be liable for any loss, damage or personal injury whatsoever suffered or sustained by any person or entity that results from or arises out of use or display of submitted materials in connection with the Grant. The applicant indemnifies and holds Alkazi Foundation for the Arts against any loss, damages, costs or claims, including fees for legal aid etc. arising out of a breach in any details and materials.
  • Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts decisions shall be final. Alkazi Foundation for the Arts reserves the right to reject entries that are submitted without the required information, or that do not meet the criteria of eligibility, without any obligation to enter into any further discussion regarding their decisions.
  • Details of particular entries may be at the discretion of Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts and may be released to the press as part of publicising the Grant, including publicity before the announcement of the awards.

 

PROCESS:

  • Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will independently administer the Grant and jury process.
  • Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts has invited a three-member jury to judge the applications.
  • The decision of the jury in selection of the recipient will be final, private and without appeal.

The jury will comprise of Marie-Nour Héchaimé, Monica Narula and Munem Wasif.

  • Marie-Nour Héchaimé is an art organizer currently working as a curator at the Sursock Museum in Beirut. She previously worked with several contemporary arts institutions including most recently Mophradat (Brussels), Council and La Colonie (both in Paris), and from 2013 to 2016 at Ashkal Alwan (Beirut). She is a board member of Arts Collaboratory, a self-organized, horizontal ecosystem of 25 socially-engaged arts institutions.
  • Monica Narula formed Raqs Media Collective in 1992, along with Jeebesh Bagchi and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. The word “raqs” in several languages denotes an intensification of awareness and presence attained by whirling, turning, being in a state of revolution. Raqs Media Collective take this sense to mean ‘kinetic contemplation’ and a restless and energetic entanglement with the world, and with time. Raqs practices across several media; making installation, sculpture, video, performance, text, lexica and curation. The members of Raqs Media Collective live and work in Delhi, India. In 2001, they co-founded the Sarai program at CSDS New Delhi and ran it for a decade, where they also edited the Sarai Reader series. As Artistic Directors, Raqs recently developed sources around toxicity, care, and the luminosity of friendship with artists, and publics, for the last Yokohama Triennale (Afterglow, 2020).
  • Munem Wasif is a documentary photographer and a film-maker based in Bangladesh, who explores complex social and political issues with a humanistic language. His interest dwells between the concept of ‘documents’ and ‘archives’ and it’s influence on addressing politically and geographically complex issues. Wasif’s works have been exhibited internationally, including, Center Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo & Visa pour l’image in France, Whitechapel Gallery, Kettle’s Yard & Victoria & Albert museum in England, Museu d’Art Contemporani de in Spain, Musee de elysee,  Musée d’Art et d’Histoire & Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, Kunsthal museum & Noorderlicht festival in Netherlands, Museum of Modern Art in Poland, Parasite in Hong Kong,The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Vietnam, Gwangju biennale in Korea, Singapore biennale in Singapore, Sharjah Biennale in UAE, Asia Pacific Triennial of contemporary art in Australia, and Dhaka Art summit & Chobi Mela in Bangladesh. His photographs have been published in innumerable magazines and newspapers, both in Bangladesh and abroad. His book on Old Dhaka has been published by Clémentine de la Féronničre from France. 

DECLARATION OF RESULT:

The name of the Grant recipient will be declared by the Alkazi Theatre Archives/ Alkazi Foundation for the Arts on August 19th 2021 – World Photography Day.

Kindly write to us at theatrearchiveafa@gmail.com for any queries.