Curatorial note by Arko Datto, Boaz Levin, Kerstin Meincke and Bhooma Padmanabhan
Titled Maps of Disquiet, the 3rd edition of the Chennai
Photo Biennale, reflects on the exigencies of our times: resisting
majoritarian impositions, ecological collapse, and technological
dystopias by reclaiming pluralities of thought, voices, and art, and
building new networks of solidarity and care. In today’s world of highly
specialized fields of operation, rigid chains of command and niche
disciplinary focus, a space such as a biennale offers the possibility of
rethinking our futures through broader parameters that address the
complexity of the disquiet that we are experiencing.
The site of the 'Great Trigonometrical Survey' of 1802, the first
colonial attempt to measure and map the subcontinent, Chennai today is
an arena for the creation of resistant cartographies. The biennale
illuminates the invisible realms of power and knowledge that shape our
global present while simultaneously navigating contested visions of our
global future. It asks, whose resources? Whose rivers? Whose interests?
Whose voices? Whose images?