Dreamtigers is a major new project in which Ffotogallery (Wales) and the Nazar Foundation/Delhi Photo Festival (India) will collaborate across a series of photographic residencies and curations of exhibitions. Artists and creative professionals from both India and Wales will work in each other’s countries to create, curate and present new work that reflects how creativity, technology and a renewed sense of national identity are shaping the lives of future generations in a globalised society.
Photography and lens-based media will be used to examine both the ‘real India’ and the equally present and significant other – an imagined India which in recent years has significantly evolved and transformed itself in the public sphere and in the minds of Indians.
Likewise, Dreamtigers will show Wales as a future facing nation looking outward to the world and harnessing its creative skill, innovation and ambition to improve prospects for all its citizens.
In March 2017 Ffotogallery presents the UK premiere of Kanu’s Gandhi, a new exhibition of rare and intimate photographs of Mahatma Gandhi by his grandnephew and personal chronicler, Kanu Gandhi. Curated by Prashant Panjiar and Sanjeev Saith.
Two young curators from India; Anshika Varma and Bhooma Padmanabhan will undertake residencies in Wales, contributing to installation of exhibits at Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography in May 2017.
As an extension to Diffusion, Anshika Varma and Bhooma Padmanabhan will work with Iona Fergusson, a curator from Wales to produce A Million Mutinies Later – India at 70, an India-specific exhibition at Ffotogallery in June, overseen by Prashant Panjiar from India and David Drake from Wales.
The A Million Mutinies Later exhibition - at The Angel, Cardiff and Turner House, Penarth from 1 – 22 July 2017 - explores contemporary India as both an idea and a space, as seen through the works of 15 Indian artists who use lens based art, archival and crowd-sourced material to investigate the everyday revolutions that are slowly and steadily transforming the fabric of the country. The exhibition includes work by established Indian artists such as Shilpa Gupta, Bharat Sikka and Sohrab Hura, and several artists whose work has not received exposure outside India.
Later in the year, artists and curators from both countries will work collaboratively together to further explore the themes of the Dreamtigers project, and will present the new work across India.