Arts and Culture
This poster presents my PhD project aimed at developing a new theoretical framework for reinterpreting the exchanges between photography, protest and citizenship. I take Kashmiri photojournalism as a case study.
Through this poster, I intend to show how photography in Kashmir has established itself as a unique tool for protest, evolving from a call for freedom. In particular, I will highlight how photojournalism serves as a tool for Kashmiris to express themselves as active political subjects and reclaim their citizenship, challenging their roles as objects of romantic representations.
The artistic practice will be first presented in light of the historical situation, situating the debate about citizenship within the historic developments of the region and underlining the reasons that drove Kashmiris towards the use of photojournalism. Besides, the photographic practice will be located within the existing scholarship on image-making in Kashmir, mainly focusing on romantic representations of the Valley.
This theoretical framework will then be supported by critical appraisal of examples of work of contemporary Kashmiri photojournalists. I will consider the photographs on the basis of the visual strategies employed by photographers to bring critical perspectives on known subjects, and how this constructs citizenship.
Finally, I will present future plans involving fieldwork in India, conducting qualitative interviews with the photojournalists involved, media executives and the subjects of the photographs. Through this project, I will argue for the idea of photography as a documenting tool and demonstrate how its use can be considered a form of political intervention.