Art as Witness by Parthiv ShahArt as Witness by Parthiv Shah

Art as Witness

EditorParthiv Shah, Sana Das

Paperback | December 1, 2010

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Art as Witness is a cluster of barbed writings and biting images from the underbelly of turbulent India and its neighboring countries. Relying on the sustained work of eminent photographers and artists on rights issues in and around South Asia, and on writings by courageous activists, lawyers, journalists, and social scientists, the book focuses on the terror unleashed by armies, states, and courts of law, and tells the stories of brave survivors. Here, text and image are strained to their limits to convey the hopes and anguish of prisoners, death-row victims, murder-victim families, families of missing people, populations living under martial law, and displaced communities, in a world where democratic rights and freedoms are shrinking every day.

Based on Amnesty International India's 'Art for Activism' project, this book hopes to strengthen global campaigns for a world without fear and torture, a world without death penalty, or disappearances and custodial violence. It hopes to reach out to a wider and more diverse readership/viewership through its parallel narrative of images as visual testimonies, and spillover references to the popular worlds of cinema, music, slogan, and performance.

Parthiv Shah is a renowned photo-artist based in Delhi, India, who has curated national and international exhibitions on art and issues of social concern. His photographs of the mill workers of western India were published in Working in the Mill No More. Shah is the Founder-Director of the Centre for Media and Alternative Communication...
Title:Art as WitnessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:228 pagesPublished:December 1, 2010Publisher:Tulika BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:8189487701

ISBN - 13:9788189487706


Editorial Reviews

This is the stuff of art as well as a rare sort of history-the history of interior, truly invisible, experience. And, as unselfconsciously good writing, it is already art, giving us access to what would otherwise have remained unrepresented, startling us into looking at the content of this book in a new and more difficult light. It compels us to reflect not only upon the nature of prisons, books and cigarettes (I was reminded of Jean Genet's 1950 film, Un Chant d'Amour), but also makes us think about what it means to be free and unfree, afraid and unafraid. Our thoughts hang together, though, around that unique image of a dictionary being smoked away secretly in a prison.