True Colours

Sumit Dayal

Six photographers from India and Singapore come together to explore the concept of identity through their childhood memories and family ties

One of the things that award-wining photographer Sean Lee from Singapore tries to do through his work is to make his family members embrace each other, especially his parents, as it is something very new to him and to many other children in Singapore. This is quite evident from the black-and-white photographs that show his parents hugging each other and holding hands, which are part of his evolving series of photographs called "Homework", which is on display at Exhibit 320 in Delhi, as part of an art show titled "Postcards from the Interior".

"This is something very new to us. We never touch," says Lee, who believes that the process of creating an image is more important than the image itself. Adds Tanvi Mishra, the curator of the exhibition, "He makes his family sit in a room of his house, and does funny things in order to get them together."

As many as six photographers from India and Singapore have come together for the show, which explores the concepts of self and identity. Sumit Dayal deals with the essence of being a Kashmiri through his series titled "Wish You Live Long". Talking about an installation, which is part of the series, he says, "My installation consists of several enlarged black-and-white passport-sized photographs that I picked up from the studios along the Line of Control stretch." A hazy photograph of actors Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta on a Veer Zara poster, which was clicked in a moving auto, makes a brief appearance, while photographs of Kashmir's beautiful landscape and those of protests and funeral marches are also there.

One of the most striking photographs is that of a horse standing in the middle of a graveyard, his image merged with the words "Wish you live longer" taken from a handwritten letter by Dayal's grandfather.

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