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5 - Photographic Intermediation: Literature and Cinemas of Kerala

Friday, July 6
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Jacaranda I, First Floor

This paper is an attempt to understand the ways in which literature and films of Kerala conceptualize the image-object idea—materiality — of photography. Across these media, photography has always been used as an object or a thing which can meditate meaning of the absent-present, temporal unities, cohesiveness, and imaginary identities and its many lacks. The materiality of photography not only meditates a non-verbal language of certainty, speculation, and forms of affective hallucination of the social world but also articulates the role of photographic medium to bridge a coherent visual language to its embedded narratives. Undoubtedly, photography here functions as a meta-image, which discursively unites both the literary and visual imagination, and enables the production of visual signifiers which are unique to the materiality of the photography, nevertheless embedded in the visual literacy of the region. Hence, this paper tries to engage with these aspects of the photographic intermediation and its connoted cultural meanings used in literature and films of Kerala to understand the emergence and evolution of early forms of visual literacy of Kerala.

Sujith Parayil

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

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