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Senti-Mental - Limited Edition of 15 Photograph

Abul Kalam Azad


Photography, Color on Paper

Size: 60 W x 60 H x 0.1 D in

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In Senti-mental, a series with 100 images done between 2005 and 2010, fragments of psychedelic colors and memories trap inside a kaleidoscope. To create this beautiful set of hybrid images, I collected old, discarded bromide prints/negatives from commercial studios, antique shops and old markets of South India. These chiseled moments from the South Indian analog memory lane blends with the magic touch of digital manipulation gaining a sheek, contemporary look. The gaze, pose and firm grip of the studio photographs are a reminder of the colonial fear. The comfortable and relaxed poses and the fearless gaze of the images I have shot and included in the series signifies the levels of popularity and affinity that this medium has gained over the decades. Time and again, history has proved that ideas that may not be valued at certain periods may be lost/forgotten, only to be valued again, sometime in the future. These limited edition prints are fully archival. I am using Hahnemühle acid-free paper.

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Photography:Color on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:10

Size:60 W x 60 H x 0.1 D in

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I am a visual artist based in South India. My works are largely expressions of my personal memories, explorations and experiences. They deal with issues of culture, identity, ethics, micro/macro history, and eroticism. I am particularly interested in experimental and art photography. It was my father, Haneef Rahman, who instilled my interest in photography at a very young age. A majority of my photographs from the 80s and early 90s were from my native land of Kerala, India. Creating visuals of the familiar people and surroundings fascinated me. I started photographing my friends and creative people from the neighborhood, my town, and its architecture. These photographs offer a glimpse into the landscape of Mattanchery before it became a cultural hub and venue of Kochi Muziris Biennale. In the 80s, I started exploring different parts of India. Like a restless river, I was always on the move - seeking a distant destination and photographing the memories of those long journeys. During the early 90s, for over a brief period, I worked as a photo-journalist with news agencies and periodicals in India and abroad, During the mid-90s, with the support of different scholarships, I traveled to Europe for higher studies in photography and print-making. Returning to India in 1996, I started practicing photography as an independent visual artist and accelerated my efforts in experimental and art photography. Between 2000 and 2010, Indian photography saw a shift from analog to digital. Reluctant to take a complete swing, but at the same time trying to keep up with the technological advancements, I started making hybrid photographic prints, amalgamating digital and analog medium. The focus on history, religion, politics and other recurring themes only become stronger, connecting with each other and emerging as a total worldview that I consciously put forward. Adding layers to photographic prints by reusing earlier works/found prints, amalgamating traditional and modern photography, doodling, stitching, scratching, sequencing and hand painting make regular appearances, a definitive presence in my photographic aesthetics and language. A majority of works that I did since 2010, are monochrome. These are minimalistic and in stark contrast to my earlier multi-media experimental works. Starting in 2014, I am working with different new media, such as smartphone photography, lo-fi digital.

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