Rahaab Allana, The South Asian Imaginary: Exploring the region through image-making practices 4.17

ICM Spring 2023 Lecture Series

Monday, April 17, 2023, 4:45 p.m. –6:15 p.m. Goldwin Smith Hall, G22


"The South Asian Imaginary: Exploring the region through image-making practices"

A lecture by Rahaab Allana, curator and publisher at Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi, to introduce the foundation's latest reader, Unframed:  Discovering Image Practices in South Asia, co-published with HarperCollins India, 2023. An indispensable new volume for students and enthusiasts of contemporary photography and lens-based media from South Asia, this edition provides recent interviews and essays that reflect the depth and complexity of lens-based practice in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal. Allana will also introduce the Alkazi Foundation's recent work in exhibition-making and publishing, working collaboratively in India and abroad over the last two decades, establishing the Foundation as committed archivists and researchers of image-making practice across the region.

Rahaab Allana is Curator/Publisher, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi. A Charles Wallace grant awardee and Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (UK), he received his MA in Art History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and was Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Visual Anthropology at University College, London. He was Founding Editor of PIX, a themed digital publication that focuses on South Asian lens-based practices and production, and Founder of ASAP|Art (Alternative South Asia Photography/Art), the region’s first app for presentation and discussion of contemporary creative work. Allana works nationally and internationally with museums, archives, cultural initiatives and institutions, universities and festivals. He recently served as Guest Editor for a Delhi-themed issue of Aperture (Summer 2021). He is on the editorial board of Trans-Asia Photography,  the advisory committees of the India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogues (Rome), and the Arts and Culture committee, Asia Society (India Chapter). His forthcoming edited volume with Tulika books (Delhi) and West Heavens (Shanghai) is based on photography in India since the 90s.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History of Art & Visual Studies and South Asia Program.




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