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the staged and constructed image

In the course of research for a book on the work of Vivan Sundaram, I gave a talk at the Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi on 8 November, 2016, titled “The Staged and Constructed Image.” The subject is part of my ongoing interest in, and work about, a range of topics touched by the paradigm shift from analogue to digital photography. This shift has entailed a vexation of  the “truth effect” of photography, and consequently, of the notion that photography is an art – if not the art – of memory. I have also probed this notion in my projects Verso and Dear Fusia. The moderator was Ravi Aggarwal and the respondent was Prashant Panjiar; the second respondent, Devika Daulet-Singh’s flight from Goa was delayed, so I only met her later at the dinner, but we struck up a good dialogue and she invited me to see her fabulous gallery the next day, Photoink in Delhi (

This is the flyer for the talk:, emphatic gesturing, talk in delhi

Intimate Archives: Photography and Life Writing. One-day conference.

29th November, 2013. Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College, Oxford University.

Intimate archives

“Intimate Archives” is a one-day interdisciplinary conference that seeks to explore the intersection of photography and life-writing. Photography has come to play an increasingly self-conscious role in life narratives, raising questions about truth, fictionality, authenticity and the limits of referentiality. What role does photography have in the construction of life narratives? How are intimate and affective relations negotiated and represented in photographic life narratives? Furthermore, what is at stake when intimate records of familial and private lives are published or exhibited? This conference seeks to engage with these issues.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Dr. Akane Kawakami (Birkbeck, University of London)

List of panelists here