August 2020
Seeking.Moving.Belonging - Online exhibition

Exhibition’s statement of intent -
Flight and migration are no new phenomena: In fact, the history of humanity began with migration. Our ancestors left Africa as ecological and economic refugees. In our western, christian-influenced world, dramatic refugee stories have been preached from the pulpit for centuries. And up to today, flight and migration movements are shaping our cultures. How come that today, parts of all societies refuse migrants entry? The arguments for this have been the same for thousands of years and are essentially characterised by fear. The fear of change and the loss of their own social status, however insignificant that may be. For 150 years, the protection of the nation, the nation state and the economy has been particularly emphasized. But the lesson that should have been learned by all nations since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN in 1948 is surely: We are all human beings and have the same rights. Humanity requires us to guarantee the right of life, freedom and security for every human being – regardless of his or her place of residence and legal status. 

seeking.moving.belonging is a virtual photography exhibition that aims to encourage a multilayered reflection on the topics of flight, migration and integration, with an emphasis on humanism and empathy. The virtual exhibition was conceived and designed by students of the BA and MA program of photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund, Germany: Aliona Kardash, Elena Fiebig, Lea Franke and Luise Jakobi. The project was supervised by the artist and scenographer Vesela Stanoeva and programmed by the web developer Velislava Kukova. Special thanks to prof. Dirk Gebhard and all the artists particitpating: Ad van Denderen, Akshay Bhoan, Alexa Vachon, Aliona Kardash, Doro Zinn, Henk Wildschut, Julia Sellmann, Kaisar Ahamed, Kevin McElvaney, Salvatore Vitale, Sibylle Fendt and Sonja Palade.

Click for Exhibition Link (From August 03, 2020 to September 07, 2020)

July 2020
Diversify Photo Selected as full member - Diversify Photo

Diversify is a verb. It is an action – an intentional movement to break with the predominantly colonial and patriarchal eye through which history and the mass media has seen and recorded the images of our time. Diversify was born out of a recognition that calling for more diversity in the photo industry is not enough. To diversify photo, we need to equip Art Buyers, Creative Directors, and Photo Directors with resources to discover photographers of color available for assignments and commissions.

Feburary 2020
En Foco Fellowship - New York Relapse New York selected for En Foco Fellowship
Bronx, NY – February 28, 2020

Press Release -  En Foco is proud to announce the ten winners of its 2020 Photography Fellowship Program who were selected from a pool of 134 applicants. In addition to the $1,000 award the Fellowship recipients will participate in the 2020 Fellowship Group Exhibition (opening Friday, June 5 at the BronxArtSpace; and will be featured in En Foco’s Spring/Summer issue of Nueva Luz in print and online editions.

December 2019
P.U.B Publications Show - Austria Anbar Dreams
A small edition of the zine Anbar Dreams was exhibited in Austria with PUB - Socio-spatial publication, made available to the public.

October 2016
Toto Awards - India - Betab shortlisted for Toto Awards
The TFA Awards Ceremony is a much awaited event for not just Bengalureans but young artistes and writers across the country. The TFA Awards 2016, presented by Toto Funds the Arts, set up in memory of Angirus ‘Toto’ Vellani, who was passionate about the arts, was a classy event held at Alliance Francaise, with chief guest Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian, founder of Brhaddhvani, performing a beautiful rendition of the veena.

To be short listed for the TFA Awards is in itself an achievement. Some of the winners had made it to the shortlist thrice before winning the award this year, testifying to the stiff competition the awards entail. For photography, Kolkata’s Swastik Pal’s Aftershocks and Gurgaon’s Akshay Bhoan’s Betaab made it to the shortlist, and the winners were Nikhil Roshan, from Pune, for Sons of the Soil and Abhishek C. Ganeshgudi, from Gandhinagar, for Creating Narratives of Yakshaganaa.

(Text from “The Hindu - Awarding Young Talent”)
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