Meticulously digging up details from history, Iranian photographer Azadeh Akhlaghi’s By an Eyewitness series has a certain theatrical and cinematic air to it. Merging social commentary with performance photography, Akhlaghi is a growing reputation, courtesy her historically sound images. One of her photographs, at Art Heritage Gallery’s Booth No 4 at IAF, is a restaging of the events that took place in Tehran on September 10, 1979, after the death of Ayatollah Mahmoud Taleghani. Another one of her photographs recreates the shooting of writer Mirzadeh Eshghi on July 3, 1924.
Based out of Kochi and Bangalore, Vivek Vilasini’s Housing Dreams series deals with colour and identity, while his Include Me Out shows a digitally altered gopura of the Suchindra Temple in Kerala. The work questions social structures and traditions. “Photography can put across your ideas well as it is right on the cusp of being real. There are many absurdities in life itself that you can ‘re-present’ through this medium,” says Vilasini, whose photographs are on display at Sakshi Gallery’s booth B7.
Ajay Rajgarhia of Wonderwall (at booth B11) says that viewers of today are much more exposed to photography as an art medium. “The medium has certainly picked up, besides photo-centric galleries such as Tasveer, Photoink and Wonderwall, so many other galleries have also started showcasing photographs,” says Rajgarhia, after a discussion about the late Prabuddha Dasgupta’s work that hangs in the booth.