Overview for Calcutta: Repossessing The City
Photography can be seen to take on a self-assigned role of remembrance, recuperation and salvage, in turning its back resolutely on the spaces of transformation and the spectacle of change. As we go through Leena Kejriwalâ€™s photographs of Calcutta, we see how such a charge of recovering an old Calcutta unfolds itself in all its detail and depth, how she subtly excavates the past in the present, and in the process, presents a very different ethnography of the contemporary city.
Leena Kejriwal (Author)
As a fine art photographer, Kejriwal is a licentiate member of the British Institute of Professional Photographers (LBIPP). She designed the book cover for Sahitya Akademi award winning novel, Kalikatha Via Bypass, 1999, for Alka Sarogi, and created a series of fine art photographs for the Hyatt Regency in Calcutta and Mumbai in 2001.She has tried to capture the essence of spaces like Fluryâ€™s for the Apeejay group, and Shiva on the streets of Mumbai for a book conceptualized by Rajiv Sethi, besides life in a brothel for an NGO working against human trafficking. Her oeuvre includes work in villages around Calcutta, documenting craft-based cottage industries. She has had four solo shows depicting life on the streets, Kalikatha, 2002, A Still Symphony, 2003,A Life of its Own, 2003 and 2004.Kejriwal was the Brand Ambassador for Fuji Film, India in 2005,and an artist-in-residence in France (under the Indo French cultural exchange programme) in 2005-06.An exhibition of her works depicting life there is currently traveling in India.