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Livres en vie” (‘Books alive’) by Jean-Marc Godès

Livres en Vie will expose few unique masterpieces of the artistic photographer Jean-Marc Godès. His entire artistic research is dedicated to the promotion of the repositories of words and books, through photography. Godès’ works is at the crossroads of art, photography, poetry and literature. His photographs are known to arouse a strong desire to continue the course of stories that have been highlighted in the images. In fact, these images have often been used as starting point for written works. His photos are frequently exhibited in France, Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Romania, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Lithuania, Guinea, and China. The social and cultural utility of his works is at the core of his interests. That’s why he leads regular experimentation in the following places: libraries, schools, center of struggle against illiteracy, poesy center.

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Women* in Public Spaces in Hyderabad

In the context of the #MeToo movement in India, the exhibition gives an impetus to think about how women* experience the city, as well as to question internalized gender norms, self-regulation and power structures in a patriarchal society. The multimedia exhibition focuses on how women* experience Hyderabad in their daily lives, what strategies they develop to navigate public spaces, what restricts their access and hence their social participation, and how they fight to (re)claim their city as their fundamental right as citizens. The exhibition comprises portraits of young women* from Hyderabad who talk about their experiences of and visions for the city they live in. These individual perspectives are embedded in a social context through a short film, which brings together the thoughts of local activists and professionals on the issue of women* in public spaces in Hyderabad. 

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Forests: Destruction and Hope by Harpal Singh 

The former composite district of Adilabad, spread over a geographical area of 16,000 sq kms in northern Telangana, once boasted of a green cover of about 45%. Ravaged by different sections of the society during the last four decades, the forests portray what ails environment today. To halt the wanton destruction of the environment, it is important to understand the range of pressures these forests face. The photographs reveal the important aspects of the relationship between the forest communities and their surroundings. Some of the images capture the ways in which rural people are dependent on the jungles, but sadly, in a negative way—unchecked felling of trees, and clearing forests for crop cultivation. A section of the work also projects the all-important ‘hope’ of protecting the forests through individual efforts of the Forest Department officials

The Patrick Geddes Reading Room Curated by Robert Stephens

In collaboration with the Krishnakriti Foundation and ARTISANS’.

The Patrick Geddes Reading Room constitutes one of the most complete collections of published material by the Scottish polymath, in India.  The collective comprises more than 30 rare and out-of-print books, pamphlets, and outlines published between 1878 and 1931. The tactile exhibition opens with Geddes’ early work as a young biologist, continues through his excursions in the fields of economics, sex, Scottish revival literature, and sociology, and concludes with more than twenty town-planning reports on the improvement of various Indian cities.  At a cerebral level, Geddes’ collective writings offer an exceptional continuity of ideals; thought-principles expounded in scientific, economic, and social writings find practical expression in (mostly unrealized) town-planning schemes throughout South Asia in the early 20th Century. The Patrick Geddes Reading Room is a tactile exhibition, and visitors are encouraged to “Please Touch.”

Supplementing the Patrick Geddes Reading Room is “Ahmedabad Walls” an exhibition of contemporary aerial photographs of India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City. The visual synoptic overview is paired with Patrick Geddes 1915 “Notes on Ahmedabad” – an urban circumambulation detailing Geddes’ defence (ultimately unsuccessful) of the Sultanate-era City Walls.

Microcosm: Macrocosm” – International printmaking portfolio 

Curated by Lina Vincent

Presenter – IPEP (International Print Exchange Programme) India 2018

The concept Micro/Macrocosm is directed towards tapping into the vastness of perception that relates us to each other and to the universe. It dwells on connections beyond borders, and personal as well as collective stories that map elements of the microcosm and macrocosm. The array of prints from artists of 13 nations represent visually and conceptually rich responses to the theme of interdependence which is most representative of our need in times of global conflict, separation and environmental destruction. Just as we are specks of life making up miniscule parts of the universe, so also our art practices need to unite us beyond differences and bring us together as a community. The International Print Exchange Programme (IPEP), India is a non-profit initiative through which printmakers share their work across the globe, building a community and multiplying audiences through an approach of creative barter.

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‘Trans-Verse’, a poetry films installation, conceptualised and curated by Saima Afreen

How does a poet’s mind look? What does it resemble when you accidentally enter it? Maybe it’s a bottomless ocean or maybe a city. A place forever churning out snippets that keep playing in loops. And God knows what else is placed in its alleys. You enter this city with your own seasons, and the city, in turn, hands you over a maze of its trails which descend deep into a space you didn’t think existed. But it was there all along like the hope or harvest, the thirst for water. This meanders back to the same places you’ve travelled to or lived in and gives a call to your absence. A part of you responds without you ever realising it; dialogues traverse to the bazaars still holding the smell of freshly-baked bread, to the stairs in the plaza pulsating with a conversation or to a woman holding the glaze of glass windows in her gaze. It appears all condensed in the moment before getting etched in your mind forever. And this very moment, no matter how far it is in distance or memory, actually belongs to you. You are its harvest, the sum of its million fractions, thus streaming between its crescendo and scherzando. Then you become its Vermeer, its Vivaldi, and its Calvino.  And you become a momentary denizen of this city.  

Enter a space of poetry-films and experience sights, sounds, words, which play in the mind of a poet – as part of a novel experiential installation. We bring to you works of eight poets from India, France, Portugal, Brazil, and Ireland. These wordsmiths are Yekta, Marcio Andre, Rochelle Potkar, Santasree Chaudhuri, Saima Afreen, Colm Scully, Mriganka Shekhar Ganguly, and Carolina Floare. 

Woman Without Limitation Curated by Shrishti Art Gallery

Woman Without Limitation looks at what women can achieve without discrimination and gender bias. It explores the journey of women who struggle out of restrictions and gain freedom. This exhibition is a celebration of women, their strengths and their achievements.

• There are no restrictions on how the theme can be interpreted by artists as well in the use of medium.
• We are excited to present artists from Hyderabad who through their art can celebrate the spirit of womanhood, question, stimulate a thought, or offer solutions against discrimination, abuse and gender bias in society.

A group of students from the JNAFAU (Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University) : P. Bhavana Rao, M. Madhukar, Musi Kireeti, Kampelli Muralikrishna and S. Abdul Rehaman will be presenting an exhibition as a part of Shrishti Art Gallery.

Similarly, a group of students from Sri Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University: G. Deena Bandu, K. Guru Bala Bramham, S. Ravi, E. Syamala and H. Nagaraju will be presenting an exhibition as a part of Shrishti Art Gallery.

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Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition 

An exhibition of paintings and calligraphy works of Mr Jidi Majia, Ms Ge Shuiping, Mr Guan Renshan and other artists will be displayed at the HLF.

Yaadein- A Tribute to Kaifi Azmi on his birth centenary’

Curated by Amita Talwar

Kaifi Azmi was an acclaimed Urdu writer and lyricist. He was born on 14 Jan 1919 in a Zamindari family in Mijhwan, a small village in Azamgarh. He wrote his first ghazal, “Itna To Zindagi Mein Kisi Ki Khalal Pade” at the age of eleven. It became famous when the legendary ghazal singer Begum Akhtar immortalised it in her imitable style. I had the rare privilege of working on a documentary, Yaadein-Kaifi Azmi for Doordarshan (1999), which was a tribute to one of my favourite poet-lyricists. This exhibition is a photographic tribute to a sensitive, endearing, unassuming man on the journey of his life.