Date: 6thof November 2015
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Polish Institute, 67 Jor Bagh, New Delhi 110003
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A talk by two photographers on their experiences and inspirations: Martushka Fromeast on her experience of working in India and Ronny Sen on his art residency stay in Gdańsk City Gallery, Poland. Both photographers’ works will be presented as partnering exhibitions of Delhi Photo Festival 2015.
Ronny Sen (1986) was born in Silchar, Assam. He moved to Salt Lake City in Calcutta in the early 90’s with his family where he still lives and works. He represented India at the World Young Artists Event in Nottingham in 2012. The same year he was invited on an artist residency programme in Japan by the Japan Foundation. He made his first artist book ‘Khmer Din’ in 2013. He has been awarded at the Sony World Photography Awards, and by National Geographic Magazine, the United Nations, Powerhouse and the Forward Thinking Museum. A sizeable portion of his early photographic works was recently acquired by the Alkazi Collection of Photography. He will be presenting ‘Khmer Din’ in a print exhibition at the Noorderlicht Festival in the Netherlands later this year.
Martushka Fromeast is a Polish photographer currently based in New Delhi, India. She is fascinated by storytelling as a collaborative phenomenon. Her projects are based on the process of interactions. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, Poland, as well as from the Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design in London. Having worked for several years as a photojournalist, Martushka has covered stories of national identity and economic changes in Poland, Ukraine, Russia and the Turkish part of Kurdistan. In 2004 she founded the Click Academy, an art group that uses pinhole photography as a means of social change. Since 2005 she has worked with Romani people in Eastern Europe, visited and documented their settlements as well as run a community project, Romani Click, which was a voice in the discourse on the approach to education of Roma and was exhibited internationally at the Austrian Parliament in Vienna and at 2nd Roma Pavilion during the Venice International Arts Biennale. In 2014 Martushka Fromeast was awarded the prestigious Abhivyakti Gaurav Samman Award. She is currently working on long term project called ‘Stories from Himalayas’.