Explorations at the crosshairs of self and society

About the event

IFBE’s Independence Project kicks off on 15th August with a presentation by the award-winning photographer Rohit Chawla on ‘Explorations at the Crosshairs of Self and Society’ – this year’s theme for The Independence Project. The presentation takes a hard look at where photography meets journalism to create campaigns for change.

About the Artist: Rohit Chawla is a leading contemporary photographer, who spent close to two decades in advertising at JWT before moving out to start his own design and film production company. His solo exhibitions include: Wanderlust, Tribute to Raja Ravi Verma, Klimt – The Sequel, Free da! – The Homage, World of Wearable Art, Goa Style & the Inspired frame, Artist – Unboxed, The Quiet Portrait.

About the presentation: In this presentation, Rohit Chawla takes a hard look at merging photography and journalism to create campaigns for change. In a photographic world leaning widely towards pretence, his work is nude and nuanced. The presentation will involve a discussion of how photographs tell a story that represent a point of view as well as history. We explore how the right photograph can have the power to change the toughest thing in the world: the human mind.

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Date: 15th August 2023
Time: 6:30 p.m – 7:15 pm
Venue: The Ice Factory
Entry: Free & Open to all

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The Ice Factory at Ballard Estate (IFBE) is an experimental laboratory for transdisciplinary practices across modern and contemporary architecture, art, and pedagogy. The conserved and refashioned structure is itself a historical object; its complexity, diversity, and paradoxical forms of architecture are instruments for the invention of knowledge. Malik Architecture has created an architecture that does not settle, one with spaces to breathe through a crystallization and mutation of traditional, modern, and contemporary experiments. A century-old embodiment... of “the dreams that stuff is made of.” IFBE’s community of architects, artists, scholars, and students exists in the expanding complexity and multiplicity of the present without sacrificing a fidelity to pasts and archiving, to build and chronicle in the here and now, what Reinhard Koselleck felicitously called “futures past.”