Dreamtigers: A Million Mutinies Later
As part of Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography 2017, Ffotogallery is delighted to present the exhibition A Million Mutinies Later – India at 70, in partnership with the Nazar Foundation/Delhi Photo Festival for UK-India Year of Culture 2017
The future is always to an extent uncertain, but perhaps no more so than now. While globally we have come to recognise this moment through a shared sense of unpredictability, of being in a state of flux accompanied by fear, the collective discomfort arises not only from the current state of affairs but from how these conditions seem ungraspable. Wikileaks, protest marches, coups, and rebellions, have become constant realities in our lives wherever you may live. Yet clarity evades us as we try to comprehend these movements that have changed the very fabric of our global society.
As a modern nation and global economic player, India has been seen on the threshold over the last thirty years – with liberalisation making way for a constant barrage of reforms and revolts, spurred on by the massive changes brought on by the coming of information technology, urbanisation, and a renewed sense of nationalism. Featuring 14 contemporary Indian artists working in a variety of media, A Million Mutinies Later – India at 70 is an enquiry into not only the real India but the equally present and significant other, i.e. the imagined India, which has significantly evolved and transformed itself in the public sphere and the minds of Indians over the years.
The A Million Mutinies Later – India at 70 exhibition is part of Dreamtigers, a major new Ffotogallery project in which artists and cultural professionals from India and Wales collaborate around the making and presentation of new work that reflects how creativity, technology and a renewed sense of national identity are shaping the lives of future generations.
About the Dreamtigers Project
Dreamtigers is a major new Ffotogallery project in which artists and cultural professionals from India and Wales collaborate around the making and presentation of new work that reflects how creativity, technology and a renewed sense of national identity are shaping the lives of future generations. Dreamtigers brings Ffotogallery together with the Nazar Foundation/Delhi Photo Festival. Central to the project is a commitment to joint working, manifest in reciprocal opportunities for artists and creative professionals from India and Wales to travel to and work in each other’s countries. Dreamtigers is one of eleven projects in Wales supported by the British Council and Wales Arts International under the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.
About Nazar Foundation
Nazar Foundation is a non-profit trust that aims to promote the photographic arts through interactions, exhibitions, publishing and workshops. Though a few well-known Indian photographers have gained recognition abroad, and there has been a growing interest in photography from India, there has not been enough of a movement around contemporary photography within the country. Now there are many more photo practitioners who work independently, spanning different genres of photography rather than being confined by a particular one. Nazar Foundation was born out of the need of these photographers who wanted to come together, to form a community, to share and learn.