Professor Hussein Keshani, who teaches art history at the University of British Columbia, has published a review about the Vancouver Art Gallery’s current show, ‘Moving Still: Performative Photography in India‘, in Rungh Magazine. Rungh is one of Canada’s leading art publications which features work by Indigenous, Black and People of Colour artist.
He writes: ‘Performative conceptual art photography is a popular topic but there has been little focus on South Asia to date, which makes Moving Still an important contribution to the larger conversation. The word “performative” is one of those academic buzzwords that have been slowly migrating from the academy into the public sphere since the 1980s if not earlier. To apply it to photography means to think about photographing people or oneself not only as documenting reality but as staging a performance in which everyone plays a part in the moment. As the French theorist Roland Barthes famously observed in Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography “what founds the nature of Photography is the pose” (Barthes 1981:78).’
Read the review at the source: https://rungh.org/photos-perform-india-at-the-vag/