Launched by Nazar Foundation in 2021, the Artist Assist initiative enables education, research, projects, production of art works, exhibitions and publications by independent lens-based artists.
Artists are invited to send their proposals to email@example.com
RAGHAV PASRICHA / 2022
for multimedia documentation of the annual Wari Yatra
Raghav documented the 21-day, 250-kilometre Wari Yatra between the towns of Alandi and Pandharpur in Maharashtra. The ecstatic journey of faith is undertaken by up to a million men and women, mostly small and marginal farmers, many from lower castes, who sing Abhang (uninterrupted) poetry, dancing to the accompaniment of drums and cymbals. The pilgrimage is an unbroken 700-year-old tradition.
This project through multi-layered photographic, video and audio documentation will be published as a low-cost zine as well as a free to access microsite that links the medieval poetry translated in English to the audio-visual experience of the Wari today.
Raghav Pasricha holds an M.Phil in visual anthropology from Delhi University, bringing his academic training to his photographic practice. He has documented and explored multiple social issues such as the redevelopment of Central Vista, urban development, the unorganized labour sector and the lives of individuals from marginalized groups.
ANURAG BANERJEE / 2021
for his self-published book "I'm Not Here"
“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” James Baldwin
“I’m not here” is the author's exploration of the idea of home. It’s the journey of his transition from adolescence to adulthood. Through the evolving relationship with his parents, their dog, and the landscape of Shillong, “I’m not here” is the author's search for his irrevocable condition.
Anurag Banerjee is an independent photographer from Shillong based out of Bombay. His work "Love in Bombay" explored intimacy in public spaces in the city and was widely published in print, exhibitions and online. His first photobook "I'm not here" was published in January 2022.
Also launched in 2021, through this program we partner with other institutions to produce lens-based art works, exhibitions and projects.
OFFSET PROJECTS / 2022
for participation at the Arles Book Fair
Nazar Foundation enabled the travel of Offset Projects to the Arles Book Fair 2022 to give an opportunity for visitors to engage with the work of several contemporary photographers from the subcontinent, offering a diverse visual voice from South Asia. They also launched their first publication Guftgu, a deconstructed photobook of conversations and works by ten contemporary photographers from the Global South on issues of gender and identity, curated by Anshika Varma.
Founded by artist Anshika Varma in 2018, Offset Projects is an initiative based out of New Delhi (India) that hopes to create channels of engagement in photography and book-making through workshops, residencies, artist talks, curated pop-up reading rooms and collaborations in publishing.
GOA OPEN ARTS / 2022
to support a short film by Akshay Parvatkar
Nazar Foundation Is has partnered with the Goa Open Arts Catalyst Grant to support "Hanging by a Thread' a Konkani language short film by Akshay Parvatkar. The film attempts to showcase the oft-unseen dynamics of caste politics in urban spaces. At first glance, it is a sports film, about a young boy wanting to play football. But the film slowly peels apart, layer by layer, the casteism, inequality and patriarchy that govern our world.
Akshay Parvatkar, born and brought up in Goa, is a graduate of the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune. Parvatkar’s work draws a lot from his personal life and the culture and history of Goa.
INDIAN MEMORY PROJECT / 2021
to support research by sponsoring two researchers
In April 2021 Nazar Foundation sponsored researchers Vaskar Mech from Tezpur & Priyanka Kale from Pune for one month to work on stories for the Indian Memory Project. In all they gathered 18 stories which are posted on the Indian Memory Project website.
Founded in 2010 by Anusha Yadav, Indian Memory Project is the world’s first and most admired online visual & narrative archive that traces personal identities & histories of the Indian Subcontinent via images found in personal archives.
SUFI KATHAK FOUNDATION / 2021
to produce the exhibition of their Qawwali Photo Project
Nazar Foundation supported Sufi Kathak Foundation to produce an exhibition resulting from The Qawwali Photo Project, an initiative conceptualized and curated by Manjari Chaturvedi. The untold story of Qawwali unfolds through the eyes of photographers Leena Kejriwal, Mustafa Quraishi and Dinesh Khanna who document their art, their lives and their association with Sufi shrines.
Founded by Manjari Chaturvedi, Sufi Kathak Foundation is a non-profit formed to spread awareness about India’s intangible heritage in music and dance and to preserve the gradually fading more than seven hundred year old Spiritual traditions in Music.
CHENNAI PHOTO BIENNALE FOUNDATION to support the jury of the CPB Photo Awards / 2021
Nazar Foundation partnered with the Chennai Photo Biennale Foundation to support the jury of the CPB Photo Awards 2021.
The CPB Foundation celebrates and promotes photography as a practice and an art form. Through lens-based educational programs and cross-disciplinary events, they aim to foster a community that inspires curiosity, reflection, and self-expression.
delhi photo festival
Delhi Photo Festival is currently suspended.
Recognizing the need of photo practitioners in India, wanting to come together, to form a community, to share and learn, we launched the Delhi Photo Festival in 2011, India's first international photo festival. Publishing followed with the Nazar Photography Monographs as well as other initiatives.
Due to the changed circumstances we are currently re-orienting our activities to support individuals and organizations working with lens-based arts.
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