Aaron Schuman (USA)
FOLK: Ethographic Travels Through Museum and Memory
Aaron Schuman (www.aaronschuman.com) is an artist, writer, editor and curator based in the United Kingdom. His photographic work is exhibited and published internationally, and is held in a number of public and private collections. He is the author of FOLK (NB Books, 2016), and has contributed texts to a number of recent books including Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves (MACK, 2015), Vision Anew (University of California Press, 2015), The Photographer’s Playbook (Aperture, 2014), and Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals (Prestel, 2014), amongst many others; he also regularly writes for magazines such as Frieze, Aperture, Foam, TIME, Hotshoe, The British Journal of Photography and more. Additionally, Schuman has curated several major exhibitions, including Indivisible: New American Documents (FOMU Antwerp, 2016), Mixtape (Riga Photomonth, 2016), In Appropriation (Houston Center of Photography, 2012), Other I: Alec Soth, WassinkLundgren, Viviane Sassen (Hotshoe London, 2011), and Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs (FotoFest, 2010). In 2014, Schuman served as Curator of Krakow Photomonth 2014 – entitled Re:Search, the main programme featured major exhibitions by Taryn Simon, Trevor Paglen, Jason Fulford, Clare Strand, Walker Evans / David Campany, Eyal Weizman and others. Schuman is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at both the University of Brighton and the University of the West of England (UWE), and is the founder and editor of SeeSaw Magazine (www.seesawmagazine.com).
Caroline Molloy (UK)
Studio cartographies: auto-ethnography as a research methodology.
Caroline is an artist, academic and writer. She holds an M.A. in photography from the Royal College of Art and an M.A. in visual anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is a MPHIL/PHD research student at Birkbeck, in the Centre for Photographic History, alongside which she is a senior lecturer at Coventry University teaching on B.A. photography. In addition, she regularly writes about vernacular photography for photomonitor.
She is interested in social discourse that surrounds studio photographs, her research is interdisciplinary and draws from visual anthropology, photography and cultural studies. Her PHD research investigates the visual habitus of transcultural photographs, specifically looking at transcultural studio photographs, within the London-Turkish community.
Federica Chiocchetti (Italy)
Federica Chiocchetti in conversation with Rosalyn D'Mello
Federica Chiocchetti is a writer, photography critic, editor and curator. She is the founding director of the photo-literary platform Photocaptionist. Currently she is writing her PhD on photography, fictions and text, at the University of Westminster, London, under the supervision of professor and artist David Bate. She works independently and for international institutions, collections, festivals and fairs, including the Kunsthalle Budapest, the V&A, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton Photo Biennial, the London Art Fair and the Archive of Modern Conflict. Her most recent projects include the exhibitions ‘Feminine Masculine: on the Struggle and Fascination of Dealing with the Other Sex’, curated for Photo50 within the 2016 London Art Fair, 'P.H. Emerson: Presented by the Author', curated while she was the 2015 Art Fund Curatorial Fellowship (Photographs) at the V&A and the exhibition and book ‘Amore e Piombo’, co-edited with Roger Hargreaves for the Archive of Modern Conflict and Brighton Photo Biennial, winner of the Kraszna Krausz 2015 Best Photography Book Award. Her writings have appeared on a number of international magazines, including Der Greif, Photoworks and Foam. She is the guest curator of Jaipur Photo 2017.
Kapil Das (India)
Let's not call it anything
Born in Dehra Dun in 1980, Kapil Das majored in english literature from Delhi University. He co-founded a consultancy practice, Quicksand in 2005, which is based in Delhi, Bangalore and Goa. In 2009, Kapil founded a public arts initiative, Blindboys, which is an offline forum to present new photography and executes collaborative street exhibitions. One of the key interventions is the open street exhibition called BlowUp – an effort to encourage photographers to present their work in public spaces using affordable materials and a way for the general public to experience the photographic image. BlowUp has been installed in Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Paris, Newcastle and Siem Reap amongst others. Amidst all this work and travel, Kapil has been photographing both his private and public worlds, which collided seamlessly in his first solo exhibition, 154 Neshvilla Road and Other Stories in New Delhi in 2011. Since then he has been involved in long term personal projects with focus of photobooks. In 2016 his first book dummy ‘Joker’ was shortlisted for MACK first book award, subsequently his dummy ‘Lumpy Gravy’ won the Steidl Asia book award and will be published in 2017.
Laia Abril (Spain)
Laia Abril (Barcelona, 1986) is a photographer, bookmaker and visual artist. After graduating in Journalism in Barcelona and studying photography in New York, she enrolled FABRICA’s artist residency where she worked at COLORS Magazine as a creative editor and staff photographer for 5 years.
Her projects have been shown internationally including the United States, Canada, UK, China, Poland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain. Her work is held in private and public collections such as Musée de l’Elysée and Winterthur Museum in Switzerland or MNAC in Barcelona.
She has been nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass (2014) and for Foam’s Paul Huf Award (2015) and awardered with Premio Revelación PhotoEspaña and the Madame Figaro-Rencontres Arles award for her exhibition A History of Misogyny, chapter one: On Abortion, which will published by Dewi Lewis in 2017.
Laia’s latest book-project, Lobismuller (RM, 2016), is based on a most enigmatic and bloodthirsty Spanish serial killer and was presented in Paris Photo 2016, earning her the Images Book Award.
Lars Willumeit (Germany / Switzerland)
Reassembly, Reaggregation and Circulation - Notes on Dealing with the (Un)becomings of Photography
Lars Willumeit (born 1974) is a German social anthropologist based in Zurich, Switzerland. As an independent curator, author, and photo editor, he has been working with the medium of photography in different modes since 1993. His interests lie in photography, documentarisms, regimes of representation, and visual cultures.
Between 2013 and 2015, he curated exhibitions at for East Wing in Dubai, FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby and was contributing author to the photobook Deposit by Yann Mingard, as well as to a dictionary entitled Factory Tools, which was published within Fabrik, the catalogue of the German Pavilion (curated by Florian Ebner) at the 2015 Venice Biennale. In 2016 he was the chief curator of Krakow Photomonth that took Crisis? What Crisis?! as it’s theme and he was also editor of the accompanying book publication The (Un)becomings of Photography.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), he received his Master of Arts degree in Curating and Museum Education, at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). His thesis examined the future of photographic institutions in relation to changes taking place within photographic practice and theory.
Naveen Kishore (India)
As the Seagull Flies
Born in Calcutta in 1953, Naveen Kishore received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 1973, and began working as a theatre lighting designer. He then established Seagull Books in 1982, a publishing programme focusing on drama, film, art and culture studies. Kishore is also a photographer and has extensively documented female impersonators from Manipuri, Bengali and Punjabi theatre practices, as well as Chapal Bhaduri, a female impersonator of the Bengali folk theatre, Jatra, in a project entitled Performing the Goddess. Kishore founded The Seagull Foundation for the Arts in 1987, the Seagull Bookstore in 1997 and the Seagull School of Publishing in 2012. In 2005, Kishore set up Seagull Books London Limited, an independent publishing house incorporated in the UK and distributed across the world by the University of Chicago Press. Seagull London publishes books in English and in translation from many world languages. In 2013, Kishore was awarded the Goethe Medal by Germany. In 2014 the French government made him a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Kishore lives and works in Calcutta.
Rosalyn D’Mello (India)
Federica Chiocchetti in conversation with Rosalyn D'Mello
Rosalyn D'Mello first non-fiction memoir, A Handbook For My Lover, was published in India by HarperCollins to critical acclaim in December 2015, and was published by Hardie Grant in Australia in August 2016.
She was the Editor-in-chief of BLOUIN ARTINFO India and, more recently, the project manager of the inaugural Vogue Art Report 2016. She writes a monthly column for Open Magazine based on her visits to artists' studios and is a weekly columnist for Midday.
She was nominated for the Forbes' Best Emerging Art Writer Award in 2014, and was also shortlisted for the Prudential Eye Art Award for Best Writing on Asian Contemporary Art in 2014. She was associate editor of The Art Critic, a 600-plus page selection of the art writings of Richard Bartholomew from the 1950s to the early 1980s, and was a member of the jury of the Prudential Eye Art Award 2015.
Sebastian Hau (Germany)
Photography on the printed page / Publishing & Books as practice and expression
Sebastian Hau has worked for ten years in the specialized photobookshop Schaden.com in Germany, then went on to create and direct the photobook department at LE BAL in Paris which he left in 2016 after six years. He has organized exhibitions in Leipzig, Arles, Paris, Cologne, Grenoble, aswell as conferences on photography in various places. He directs Cosmos for the Rencontres D'Arles with Olivier Cablat and Polycopies Paris together with Laurent Chardon. Various contributions to magazines and books, promoting new forms of visual expression and experimentation in photography.
Vasantha Yoganathan (France)
Born in 1985, Vasantha Yogananthan lives and works in Paris. He set out on a freelance career as a photographer in 2014. The same year, he co-founded the publishing house Chose Commune and published his first book, Piémanson, which was nominated for MACK First Book Award. In 2015, Vasantha Yogananthan was the recipient of the IdeasTap/Magnum Photos Award (category international) to help him fund A Myth of Two Souls, his project on the Ramayana in India. In 2016, he was awarded the Prix Levallois.
A Myth of Two Souls – a project spanning over 7 years (2013-2019) – is a series that he believes will evolve in directions he can’t yet foresee. Moving away from the documentary genre that describes the early stages of the project, he has spent the last year working with a local artist to reviving the tradition of hand-painting. The more his practice grows, the more he perceives photography as a malleable material open to interpretations.
A Myth of Two Souls will be published into 7 books. The first one, Early Times, was published in May 2016. The next chapter, The Promise, will be released in April 2017.