Profile: Shadi Ghadirian

This article first appeared in Caravan. It’s long so I’m posting only an excerpt. The whole thing is here. ““You have two separate lives in Iran, outside the house and inside the house,” said Ghadirian. “We go out to the street, it’s crossing a border. When we come back into the house, it’s another border. But sometimes, things from the outside come in with us. It’s all still clean and ok but the war is reflected in the house.” In the photographs, the “things from the outside” are military equipment: a grenade in the fruit bowl, a bullet in a … Continue reading Profile: Shadi Ghadirian

Review: Docu Tour

This review was first published in Caravan. Beyond Photoshop In an age when Photoshop has become a commonly used verb, the idea of a photograph documenting reality is almost quaint. It seems photography is all about manipulation, whether it’s at the early stages of framing a photograph or later when it’s adjusted, or photoshopped, on a computer. In case if Docu Tour, curated by Bose Krishnamachari, presently on display at Gallery BMB in Mumbai, there’s an additional layer of adjustment. According to the gallery handout, the exhibition “seeks to explore various formal strategies that are employed to transform the photo document … Continue reading Review: Docu Tour