We launch a new category this edition.
The Delhi Photo Festival announced earlier this year that there would be a special category for students. Out of the numerous submissions, works of 13 students from all over the world have been chosen.
Part one of this post highlights six of the student exhibitions.
I Am From by Aditi Sharma
What is home? Is home the place where one was born? Or is it the place where one grew up? A place where a person has spent the most of time? Or is it the place where they currently? Is “home” only a physical space or entity? Or is “home” an idea, a concept in a person’s mind?
Aditi Sharma explores these questions and tries to find out the meaning of home in I Am From. Born in 1990 in Madhya Pradesh, Aditi Sharma is currently pursuing her Masters in Photography from the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Urban Mountains by Arjun Vijai Mathavan
There are two sides to every coin. Modernity and urbanisation, in its bid to take a country forward, leaves behind an unpleasant trail. The more a country produces, the more waste it generates. The more the amount of waste that is generated, the more sanitation-based problems arise. Arjun Vijai Mathavan attempts to raise awareness by documenting heaps of garbage dumps on the outskirts of big cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
Arjun Vijai Mathavan, born in 1988, is an engineer turned photographer who is currently pursuing a course in photography from NID.
My Name Is Camilla And I Love My Life by Claudia Glori
Camilla Nielsen, 33, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when she was three years old. A condition which results in progressive skeletal muscle weakness and death of muscle cells and tissue, muscular dystrophy raises further complications during and after pregnancy. Nielsen though has had three children. Even though her condition is worse after the pregnancies than it ever was, she says that the joys of motherhood are unmatched. “This is not a story about a disability but it’s about being a woman, a mother and a girlfriend struggling everyday with something that makes everything more difficult,” says Claudia Glori.
Claudia Glori, born in Italy in 1986, studied Journalism at La Sapienza University in Rome and then photography at the CSF Adams, Rome. She is currently a student at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Denmark.
Exabytes by Debashish Chakrabarty
Debashish Chakrabarty tries to delve into the mind of gamers, for whom the concepts of real and virtual have merged. “This year,” says Chakrabarty, “it is estimated that a total of 966 exabytes of data will travel the globe via the Internet. Such an awesome quantity of information has never existed before, and it all exists as the result of people communicating via virtual networks.”
Born in Dhaka in 1992, Debashish Chakrabarty is pursuing a course in photography at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka.
The Buffalo That Could Not Dream by Felix van der Osten
The US government’s Indian Appropriations Act of 1851 allocated funds to move Native American tribes into reservations. Fort Belknap in Montana, where this Act was instituted, is the shared homeland of the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes, who were historically enemies, but were forced to live together as a result of the forced reservations. Van der Osten’s project documents these communities and allows a look into a way of life that most people are unaware of. The Buffalo That Could Not Dream looks into how the Native American tribes try to adapt to the reservations and keep their age old cultures alive.
Born in 1989, Felix van der Oston is a documentary photographer from Germany who is currently pursuing a course in the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Cowboy Life by Kasper Løftgaard
Cinema has introduced us to cowboys a very long time ago. It created a certain image in our minds of what cowboys and cowboy culture are like. Kasper Løftgaard finds that even though the image in our minds is not false, it is not entirely true either. “These cowboys are kind and humble human beings,” says Løftgaard. “Fathers and sons, living in a modern world.”
Born in 1989 in Denmark, Kasper Løftgaard is a student at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
Look out for our next blogpost that will highlight the rest of the Student Category.
The Student Category is part of the exhibitions line-up of this edition of tthe Delhi Photo Festival starting 30 October at the IGNCA, Delhi.