IIC is going to showcase this poetography exhibition by the Indiestani Project, a unique blend of photographs by Akriti Sondhi and original poems by Shubhodeep Pal.
The inauguration on 7th October 2016 at 6.30 pm will witness a Poetry Performance by Slam Out Loud – a spoken word group that brings poetry to children
“ The Indiestani Project began three years ago as an experiment and an exploration in whether a new art-form might be possible at the crossing of words and images. Having run the ‘poetography’ project online for a couple of years, we discovered that there might indeed be an opportunity to present something fresh to audiences offline as well. Our first exhibition was at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai earlier this year, where the few works we presented were much appreciated,” says the team.
Searching for the Sun, presented for the first time at the India International Centre, Delhi is the culmination of three years of work and many more years of ceaseless fascination with various forms of art. The present body of work focuses primarily around themes of memory, love and discovery, merging words and images seamlessly. Occasionally, it cuts across languages as well.
“We believe that seams exist only if we see them, that looking hard, even through a glass darkly, is a constant attempt at discovering new ways of seeing. Just as the sun, unmoving, yet moving has been an endless source of fascination for millennia, so have we to ourselves been unfathomable. Ultimately, Searching for the Sun is a journey within, uncovering, re-discovering, shining light on the many layers that make us who we are. And who we are often not.”
The Indiestani Project was founded by Shubhodeep Pal with Akriti Sondhi. Akriti, 23, is a remarkable photographer with a gift of seeing the unusual in the ordinary. Shubhodeep, 27, is a poet and photographer whose first book ‘Interruptions’ was published in 2009 by Writers Workshop, Kolkata. The writer Ruskin Bond has called Shubhodeep ‘a genuine poet, with a feeling for words and what can be done with them.’