Issue 243: “Delhi: Looking Out/Looking In”

Issue 243: “Delhi: Looking Out/Looking In”

Aperture Magazine

Cover: Aperture, summer 2021.

June 16, 2021
Issue 243: “Delhi: Looking Out/Looking In”
June 16, 2021
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This summer, Aperture magazine presents a special issue focused on the relationship between photography, urbanism, and activist trajectories from within and outside Delhi. Guest edited by Rahaab Allana, curator of the Delhi-based Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, “Delhi: Looking Out/Looking In” continues the magazine’s series of city-centric issues, which have ranged in focus from New York to Mexico City, Los Angeles to Tokyo. “In this issue,” Allana notes, “the urban environment is a locus for the dynamic intermeshing of place, personal history, art practice, and radical critique.”

In the issue:


The City as a Novel”
Arundhati Roy on life and politics in Delhi
A conversation with Shohini Ghosh

“The Photobook as Public Space”
How can photobooks be a platform for personal narratives?
Deepali Dewan in conversation with Indu Antony and Kaamna Patel

“The Printed World”
The midcentury magazine that offered cosmopolitan visions of India
by Sabeena Gadihoke

“Direct Action”
Sheba Chhachhi and the spirit of feminist activism
by Skye Arundhati Thomas

“Visible Cities”
The films of Anamika Haksar and Priya Sen
by Latika Gupta

“The Lives of Buildings”
Photographing India’s modern architecture
by Kaiwan Mehta

“On Freedom and Resistance”
Shahidul Alam on the images and activism that inspired a region
A conversation with Christopher Pinney

“We Were There”
Sunil Gupta’s vision for a queer politics of belonging
by Shanay Jhaveri


O. P. Sharma
“Light Work”
Introduction by Diva Gujral

Uzma Mohsin
Introduction by Jyoti Dhar

Ishan Tankha
“A Peal of Spring Thunder”
Introduction by Amitava Kumar

Aditi Jain
“The Glow in the Mirror”
Introduction by Adwait Singh

“Collective Shift”
Across South Asia, photographers are banding together to tell new stories
Introduction by Anshika Varma

Srinivas Kuruganti
“American Diary”
Introduction by Sunaina Maira

Prarthna Singh
“One Hundred Days of Resistance”
Introduction by Kamayani Sharma

Plus—Rebecca Bengal on Susan Meiselas’s early collaborations in South Carolina,  Mikelle Street on Donavon Smallwood’s images of Black tranquility in Central Park, Dawoud Bey on John Coltrane, Jason Moran and the writing of Sarah M. Broom.

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Significant support of Aperture magazine is provided by The Kanakia Foundation and by Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović. Aperture gratefully acknowledges additional lead support for this issue provided by the MurthyNAYAK Foundation. Further generous support is provided in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Aperture Foundation’s programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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