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23 February –  4 March, 2018

JaipurPhoto is an international open-air photography festival held every February in the Pink City.

It offers a curated selection of photography exhibitions staged at various public locations across Jaipur. The visitors are invited to discover its remarkable heritage while visiting the large-format exhibitions, which are often site-specific.

Please stay tuned for updated information on the programme for the opening weekend (23 -25 Feb) during which time we hope JaipurPhoto will become a unique platform for contemplating and thinking about photography.

The festival is delighted to announce that for the 2018 edition, the American-born, UK-based artist, writer, academic and editor Aaron Aaron Schuman has been invited as the festival’s guest curator for this 2018 edition.

ERIK KESSELS | TERJE ABUSDAL | AVEEK SEN | JASON FULFORD | ARKO DATTO | REGINE PETERSEN |AARON SCHUMAN | CHRISTOPHE PREBOIS & MR. CHAND | VAL WILLIAMS | SALVATORE VITALE | ANNA FOX | ASMITA PARELKAR | SEBASTIAN BRUNO | NOLA MINOLFI | TEREZA ZELENKOVA | JOHN MACLEAN | SOHAM GUPTA | CLARE ARNI

This year, both the title and theme of JaipurPhoto take their inspiration from the classic 1966 song by Simon & Garfunkel – ‘Homeward Bound’:

‘…Each town looks the same to me,
The movies and the factories,
And every stranger’s face I see,
Reminds me that I long to be…
Homeward bound;
I wish I was -

Homeward bound.
Home - where my thought’s escaping;
Home - where my music’s playing;
Home - where my love lies waiting;
Silently for me…’

The programme considers the ways in which a wide variety of contemporary photographers explore, express, engage with and examine notions of ‘home’, and how one’s idea of ‘home’ is both determined and defined by ourselves and others.  What happens when photography – a medium that is often associated with looking outward – is turned ‘homeward’, towards one’s own family and community?  What happens when, as an outsider, we choose to invite ourselves into, experience and investigate the ‘homes’ of others?  What do we carry with us from our own ‘home’ – visually, symbolically, psychologically and otherwise – when we find ourselves far away from it, immersed in the world at large?  How are we invariably ‘bound’ to our own sense of ‘home’?  And how are the boundaries and borders of our various ‘homes’ and ‘homelands’ delineated and defended – personally, politically, culturally, and otherwise?  Homeward Bound offers a wide range of diverse perspectives on our perpetual search for ‘home’, its meaning and importance within our lives, and the many ways in which we long for and bind ourselves to it.

Text by Aaron Schuman

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