PRIVATE COLLECTION : THE ALKAZI COLLECTION
Portrait of an Era: Early Photographers from South Asia (1860-1910) of the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi
Curated by Rahaab Allana
Over the past 30 years, Ebrahim Alkazi, one of India’s most influential theatre directors and a prominent figure in the arts, has amassed a private collection of 19th and 20th century photographic prints amounting to over 90,000 images, housed today in the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi. A selection of meticulously staged and some iconic painted portraits from India and South Asia will be presented at the Fair and for the first time in Paris. India’s painted photographs are a meld of realistic documentation and artistic manipulation. These images slowly emerged as a self-sustaining convention and a significant genre in Indian photography that incorporated existent traditions of illumination in painting and while simultaneously instilling a notion of modernism and a legitimate expression of popular Indian culture in visual practice at the turn of the 19th century.
The PRIVATE COLLECTION exhibition is presented on the 1st floor in the Salon d’Honneur at the Grand Palais.