Samba Shiva

Artist Talk: Vijai Patchineelam presents the photo book Samba Shiva: The Photographs of Sambasiva Rao Patchineelam (Zum / Instituto Moreira Salles 2017, Texts by Hemant Sareen and Beatriz Lemos)

26 February 2018, 6:00 PM Khoj International Artists’ Association

6:00 Tea

6:30 Presentation by Vijai Patchineelam followed by Q&A

Samba Shiva, the result of the photography grant from Zum/ Instituto Moreira Salles, is a son’s reading of the photographic archive of his father. Brazilian artist Vijai Patchineelam commemoratively reimagines the momemtous journey from Andhra Pradesh to Rio de Janeiro undertaken by his father Sambasiva,  a scientist who immigrated to Brazil at the end of the 1970s. Sambasiva graduated in geology in India, received his masters in Austria and PhD in Germany before arriving in Salvador to teach at the Federal University of Bahia. In 1972, he received a Minolta camera as gift from a friend and since then, he has registered family moments in both Brazil and India, as well as his professional activities and research trips. The photographs taken in different cities of India acquire a historical value, since the access to photo cameras in the country was restricted, thanks to insular economical policies. Now, these photographs have been digitalized and treated by Vijai, who stated in the project proposal: “It’s important to think of this book not as an appropriation of these images made by my father, but a process of thinking through them.” In this way, the artist took on the roles of the editor and the organizer of the book, since the authorship of the book is credited to Sambasiva. The displacement of functions is part of a larger project Vijai pursues in his PhD research in a practice-led project that looks to employ artists, as artists, inside the administrative side of art institutions.

This presentation has been made possible with the support of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Artesis Plantijn University College)


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