Poetics of Space - Workshop


The photographer Sebastian Cortes will walk you through the steps needed for developing a long term, fine art photo essay by analyzing and explaining his most recent exhibition: ‘Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past’.

Sebastian Cortés’ series Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past forms the first in-depth photographic exploration of the Bohra Islamic community in Sidhpur, a little-known small town in Gujarat. Chancing upon Sidhpur while on assignment, Cortés was intrigued by its rich heritage and distinctive vernacular architecture. Building on from the ideas explored in his previous book Pondicherry, this latest exhibition demonstrates Cortés’ continuing interest in documenting and uncovering India’s more enigmatic facets, this time through careful photographic studies of the traditional habitats and domestic spaces of the Dawoodi Bohras, an elusive and veiled Islamic community.

Cortés’ approach is to “take time to unveil small narratives”, and continually highlight photography’s ability to capture, expose and visually interpret lingering moods and inherent natures contained within domestic architectural spaces.

The photographs in this series are saturated with fragments of what was once valued, of past luxuries and prizes, that despite neglect resist decay and refuse to be entirely dismissed. He captures the residual memories, histories and traces of past lives that persist in the facades of buildings, in empty rooms, windows, doors, stairways, and other distinguishing features of Bohra architecture. Through doing this Cortés’ images allude to the past contained within the present; commenting on the slow dissolution of a culture, while serving as an exercise in preservation, a record of ‘the remains of the day’.

The workshop will include an in-depth review of the images on display at the festival, allowing for the possibility of discussing- in detail- conceptual and technical aspects of each image.

Those interested in having a possible review of their current long term, fine art project should bring no more then 10-15 images, post produced to gallery standards and available on a pen drive for review on Mac Laptop.

When: Oct 4th Tuesday 2016 | 10 am - 05 pm
Where: State Art Gallery, Madhapur, Hyderabad