Where Three Dreams Cross, London
Set to highlight some of the most important photographic work born of the subcontinent, ’Where Three Dreams Cross’ will this week take residence in East London’s Whitechapel Gallery for a four month stretch.
Spanning some 150 years of photographic innovation from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the exhibition will feature over 300 works by 70 artists.
Including one-off pieces from the early days of photography in the 1860s, through to the social realism and reportage of the 1940s and the political documentation of the 1960s - the exhibition comes split into five distinct sections, spanning the length and breadth of the photographic spectrum.
From ‘The Performance’ and its selection of golden-era Bollywood shots featuring stark images of circus performers by Bijoy Chowdhury, through to ‘The Portrait’, taking in everything from 19th century studio set-ups to Pakistani street photography from the renowned Alkazi collection, the five themed areas - which also include ‘The Family’, ‘The Streets’ and the highly-charged ‘Body Politic’- provide an interior view of an oft unseen subcontinent.
Curated by a veritable who’s who of Southeast Asian creativity, including photographer, writer and curator, Sunil Gupta, and Shahidul Alam, founder and director of the Dhaka-based Drik Archive - ’Where Three Dreams Cross’ has drawn on every possible resource to for its East London turn.
We caught up with Whitechapel curator, Kirsty Ogg, in the wake of preparation and drew her on the top photographic picks from the show.