Looking Askance: Gallery Walk and Opening Reception

Through October 29, 2015
Shivam House
14F Shivam House 1st Floor
Middle Circle, Block F, Connaught Place
New Delhi-110001

Oct. 16

Gallery walk : 6:00-7:00 pm

Opening reception : 7:00-9:00 pm

Drawing on India’s long tradition of documentary photography, Looking Askance considered contemporary photographic work from the University of Chicago that responded to current events and media imagery. These works complicated what it meant to “bear witness” by proposing a problematic relationship to the utopic premise that photographs can shift the social and political conditions they picture. From Matthew Connors’ photographs of Cairo made during the Arab Spring, to Valerie Snobeck’s video projection of the meticulous dismantling and recomposition of time, literally in the form of a watch; from Marco G. Ferrari’s video installation featuring footage of the Costa Concordia still halfsubmerged long after the cruise ship capsized in Italy in 2012, to Anna Elise Johnson’s window installation that responded to the liberalization of India’s markets and their move toward open foreign investment and privatization, Looking Askance addressed photography’s relationship to the production and dissemination of historical truth. Casting suspicion on the possibility of an absolute historical narrative, these artists examined our shifting understanding of documentary photography.

Artists included: Matthew Connors, Valerie Snobeck, Daniel Traub, Danielle Rosen, and Jayson Kellogg (exhibited at GALLERYSKE) and Anna Elise Johnson and  Marco G. Ferrari (exhibited at UChicago Center in Delhi).

Presented by The University of Chicago Center in Delhi and Logan Center Exhibitions