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Witness to Paradise: Photojournalism in Kashmir's present 1986-2016

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A talk with pictures by Sanjay Kak (filmmaker & writer) and panel discussion with Shruti Kapila (History) & Waseem Yaqoob (History)

Hosted by the Critical Theory & Practice Seminar

Tuesday 7 March 5.15 – 6.45pm Nihon Room, Pembroke College

Photography in Kashmir has emerged as a powerful witness to its troubled present. Rooted in photojournalism, but escaping its limits when they can, a new generation of photographers have illuminated Kashmiri life in a period of upheaval. Over the last three decades their work has demonstrated the radical part that can be played by photographs in subverting established views of Kashmir – as a beautiful landscape without its people; an innocent paradise; and more recently, of a paradise beset by mindless violence.

Witness is a curated book project that brings together images by nine photographers from Kashmir, the oldest already a working professional in 1986, and the youngest not yet twenty in 2016. The images are by Meraj Uddin, Javeed Shah, Dar Yasin, Javed Dar, Altaf Qadri, Sumit Dayal, Showkat Nanda, Syed Shahriyar and Azaan Shah.

The text emerged from conversations with documentary filmmaker Sanjay Kak, and brings out the varied relationships that each contributor has to photography and to Kashmir, in the process raising questions about the place of artistic practice in zones of conflict.

This talk is part of the Critical Theory and Practice Seminar series.

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