View Points: What To See At The Focus Photography Festival

Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai

‘Palm Sunday in the Ironbound, 1981’ © Sooni Taraporevala, courtesy FOCUS Photography Festival, 2017.

Memory is the theme of the third edition of the Focus Photography Festival, which will take place at venues across the city from Thursday, March 9 to Thursday, March 23. The annual event was founded by Elise Foster Vander Elst, who runs Asia Art Projects, an agency that puts together contemporary art events, and Matthieu Foss, who ran the erstwhile Matthieu Foss Gallery in Fort. This edition will feature 25 exhibitions, a number of which will run for an extended period. Here’s a round-up of 13 shows to look forward to:

A Dream Deferred at Mumbai Art Room
A Dream Deferred is a collaborative project by Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera from Cuba and Cara Megan Lewis from the US. They each shot a series of images in their respective countries but never met and eventually compiled the pictures as a book.
When: Until Thursday, June 8. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am to 7pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building, Fourth Pasta Lane, Colaba. Tel: 97574 03293.

An Attic Full of Film: An American Family in Khotachiwadi at Ferreira House
Fashion designer James Ferreira’s home will be the venue for this exhibition of photographs taken by a Chicago resident called Paul in the 1950s of his life in the US. His rolls of film were recovered by the Rescued Film Project and developed only last year.
When: Until Thursday, March 23. Open daily, from 11am to 7pm.
Where: Ferreira House, 47G Khotachiwadi, Girgaum.

Before Now, Then: Picturing Loss in Contemporary Japanese Photography at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Japanese photographers Yuki Iwanami and Kota Kishi documented the aftermath of the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, which caused meltdowns in nuclear reactors in Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
When: Until Tuesday, April 4. Open Thursday to Tuesday, from 10am to 6pm; Wednesday, closed.
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Special Project Space, Rani Baug, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Road, Byculla. Tel: 022 2373 1234. Tickets for Indians are priced at Rs10 per person for adults and children above the age of 13 and at Rs5 per person for children below the age of 13, and tickets for foreigners are priced at Rs100 per person for adults and children above the age of 13 and at Rs50 per person for children below the age of 13.

FOCUS Photography Festival, Mumbai.

‘In the City, a Library’ at Project 88. © Chirodeep Chaudhuri, courtesy
FOCUS Photography Festival, 2017.

Gedney in India at Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation
Over 40 images by American lensman William Gedney will be shown. The pictures were shot during Gedney’s long trips to India, where he lived in Benares and Calcutta during the late 1960s, early ’70s and early ’80s.
When: Until Friday, June 30. Open daily, from 10.30am to 6pm.
Where: Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Second Floor, East Wing, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2202 9613.

In Private, Bombay and The Marlborough Theatre at The Viewing Room
Two sets of photos of members of the LGBT community will be on display. London-based photographer Olivia Arthur’s series In Private, Bombay captures the gay community in Mumbai. Delhi-residing photographer Bharat Sikka travelled to Brighton in the UK for his project The Marlborough Theatre.
When: Until Thursday, March 23. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 7pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: The Viewing Room, Elysium Mansion, Fourth Floor, opposite Cusrow Baug, 7 Walton Road, Colaba Causeway, Colaba. Tel: 022 2283 0026.

In the City, A Library at Project 88
Photojournalist Chirodeep Chaudhuri and writer Jerry Pinto, both of whom live in Mumbai, have collaborated on this collection of images of books inside libraries in the city.
When: Until Saturday, April 8. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am to 7pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Project 88, BMP Building, Narayan A. Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba. Tel: 022 2281 0066.

My Analogue World at Galerie Max Mueller
City-residing filmmaker, screenwriter and photographer Sooni Taraporevala will exhibit a compilation of images taken in India and abroad spanning several decades.
When: Until Saturday, April 22. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 7pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: Galerie Max Mueller, Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2202 7542.

Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai

‘Laura, Brighton 2016’ from the series The Marlborough Theatre © Bharat Sikka. A Photoworks-FOCUS Festival Mumbai co-commission.

Nathdwara: Photography as Propaganda at The Loft
This exhibition comprises photo collages, painted portrait pictures and other forms of photographic documentation practiced by artisans of Nathdwara in Rajasthan in the nineteenth century.
When: Until Thursday, March 23. Open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 6pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: The Loft, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 97694 57917.

Outre-vie/Afterlife/Punarjanm – How Many Seas at Carter Road Promenade
A set of 11 large photographs by artists from Korea, Greece, Romania, Bosnia, Canada and Iceland will be displayed on the Carter Road promenade facing the sea. The show has been put together by arts organisation What About Art?
When: Until Thursday, March 23. Open daily.
Where: Carter Road promenade, opposite Café Coffee Day, Bandra (West).

Photography at Play: Bhatt, Karia and Mohamedi in Baroda, 1966-75 at Jhaveri Contemporary
A show of photographs by Jyoti Bhatt, Bhupendra Karia and Nasreen Mohamedi shot in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the three artists were faculty members of M. S. University in Baroda.
When: Until Saturday, April 22. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Jhaveri Contemporary, 2, Krishna Niwas, 58A Walkeshwar Road. Tel: 022 2369 3639.

Photographing the Female at Sonam Studio
Images of female identity by 25 women photographers from around the world. The Indian photographers among the group are Poulomi Basu, who lives in Delhi and Prarthna Singh and artists from Dharavi Art Room from Mumbai.
When: Until Thursday, March 23. Open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: Sonam Studio, 3/B-C, Sun Mill Compound, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 2495 5867.

FOCUS Photography Festival Mumbai

‘Debbie Baone Superpower, 2015’, Paul Shiakallis. Courtesy Photographing the Female and FOCUS Photography Festival Mumbai 2017.

Photowallah at Tarq
Udaipur-based artist Waswo X. Waswo’s hand-coloured photographs, shot in his studio, will be exhibited. The portraits and tableaux of dancers, flower sellers and models dressed as mythological figures hark bark to the nineteenth and early twentieth-century style of studio photography.
When: Until Saturday, April 8. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am to 6pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Tarq, F35/36, Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Colaba. Tel: 022 6615 0424.

The Bodyguard Lane Album at The Rampart Gallery + Art Entrance Gallery
City-based photo collective BIND, which was one of the organisers of this exhibition on homelessness last year, has put together a set of images belonging to pavement-dwelling families on Bodyguard Lane near Haji Ali. The idea is to spotlight the challenges of surviving in Mumbai.
When: Until Thursday, March 23. Open daily.
Where: The Rampart Gallery, the pavement outside Jehangir Art Gallery, M. G. Road, Kala Ghoda. Art Entrance Gallery, foyer of Army Navy Building, next to Westside, M. G. Road, Kala Ghoda.

For more information and the complete list of exhibitions, see FocusFestivalMumbai.com.

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