Photography as a medium transcends the boundaries of language and geography. Taking this as a premise to explore the notion of urbanology, the way in which images have managed to capture the transition of spaces, perhaps at a cultural level, may be accorded at some ways to the liberalisation of an economy; a moment that leads to a curious interface between the city and its neighbouring areas, as well as the growing, diverse cities that lie within even a single metropolitan region-exposing the diversity of communities and migratory labour on the one hand, and multistoried structures and shanty towns on the other.
The visible evidence then of encroachments, congestion, expanses of undeveloped space, which later become infested with concrete, are all part of the changing biography and structure of a city. Hence, every city bears a unique thumbprint, as they are transforming at an extraordinary pace and on a global scale. Does the changing landscape of a city or urban framework in any way alter our notions of citizenship and community; does it lead to a multi-natured ethnography of tastes and aesthetics? It is with this question in mind that the current selection of images has been made, creating a sense of interconnectedness and contrast between photography in Germany and India.
This initiative is an attempt to create a complimentary yet contrasting array of images created from an independent publication and exhibition titled Ein Tag Deutschland (One day in Germany), in conjunction with photographers who have been involved with PIX: A Photography Quarterly over the last year. The sense of a project oriented, and concept-based selection, one that may or may not conform to the formal structures of 'gallery-based' initiatives is a conscious effort to bring photography closer to a public art initiative.
Curated by Rahaab Allana with assistance from Devika Bakshi.
Exhibition printed by Printer's Devil.