Dreamtigers is a major new Ffotogallery project in which artists and cultural professionals from India and Wales collaborate around the making and presentation of new work that reflects how creativity, technology and a renewed sense of national identity are shaping the lives of future generations in a globalised society.
The project uses photography and lens-based media to examine both the ‘real India’ and the equally present and significant other – an Imagined India which in recent years has significantly evolved and transformed itself in the public sphere and in the minds of Indians. Likewise, Dreamtigers will show Wales as a future facing nation looking outward to the world and harnessing its creative skill, innovation and ambition to improve prospects for all its citizens.
Dreamtigers brings us together with the Nazar Foundation/Delhi Photo Festival. Central to the project is a commitment to joint working, manifest in reciprocal opportunities for artists and creative professionals from India and Wales to travel to and work in each other’s countries. The key outcomes will be creative collaboration in the form of planning, development and co-production of exhibitions, artist residency and exchange opportunities, and the development of new audiences through print and online publishing, educational programmes and digital engagement activities.
To mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence and the project launch, in March 2017 Ffotogallery presents the UK premiere of Kanu’s Gandhi, a new exhibition of rare and intimate photographs of Mahatma Gandhi by his grandnephew and personal chronicler, Kanu Gandhi. Curated by Prashant Panjiar and Sanjeev Saith.
Two talented young curators, Bhooma Padmanabhan and Anshika Varma, will undertake residencies in Wales in April/May, contributing to installation of exhibits at Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography 2017 and production of A Million Mutinies Later – India at 70, an India-specific exhibition at Ffotogallery in June, overseen by Prashant Panjiar.