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Documentary Photography Grant 2018



Sheba Chhachhi’s lens based works investigate contemporary questions: about gender, the body, the city, cultural memory and eco-philosophy, through intimate, sensorial encounters. Chhachhi began as an activist and photographer, documenting the women’s movement in India. By the 1990s, she was creating collaborative staged photographs, eventually turning to large multimedia installations. Her works retrieve marginal worlds: of women, mendicants, forgotten forms of labour, and often draw on pre-modern thought and visual histories, interweaving the mythic and the social. She experiments across the spectrum of durational mediums, from animated light boxes to virtual reality interactivity, creating immersive environments, which bring the contemplative into the political in both site-specific public art and independent works. Chhachhi has exhibited widely – in India, as well as in numerous international biennales, triennials, and museum shows.

Shahidul Alam set up Drik, Pathshala and Chobi Mela. His work has been shown at MOMA, Tate Modern and Centre George Pompidou. A speaker at Harvard, Stanford, National Geographic, Oxford and Cambridge, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

Bénédicte Alliot is the General Director of the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, a residency centre welcoming 326 artists from more than 60 countries in studios located in the Marais area in central Paris and in Montmartre. She was an Assistant professor at Université Paris-Diderot until 2002, and then moved to Johannesburg, South Africa as the Director of the French Institute of South Africa (2002-2006). She thereafter worked as the Cultural Attachée of the French Embassy in India (2006-2010). From 2010 until early 2016, she was the head of the Seasons’ Office at Institut Français, coordinating State-to-State festivals, and City-to-City festivals.



• The fellowship is open to Indian nationals/residents, and the focus of their suggested project should be from or about India.
• It is open to all photographers above the age of 25 years. The applicant does not have to be a professional photographer.
• Applicants should not hold any other fellowship or grant relating to the proposed project. This is a one-time grant for this project.
• Applicants will need to present a portfolio or body of work in an easily accessible digital format (a PDF). The portfolio should consist of a maximum of 30 images in a sequenced and structured presentation with text (see below).
• The project proposal should be for a realistic documentary project on a clear theme. The proposal should include a timetable to completion and a brief summary of the uses to which the grant funds will be put.



I). Name and contact information
II). Each application must be accompanied with a project proposal of 500 words in English with an aim to bring out a body of work in photography. The proposal must include the following:
a). A curriculum vitae (not more than 2 pages)
b). A brief note clearly enumerating project aims and abstract
c). Your involvement with the subject and the plan of action
III). A statement attesting the following:
i). That you are the author of any text and images that you have sent to us or otherwise have been authorized by the owner to send it to us.
iii). That the Submitted Materials are hitherto unpublished work and the submission, use and possible display of them is not in copyright violation in any manner.
iv). The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will not be liable for any loss, damage or personal injury whatsoever suffered or sustained by any person or entity that results from or arises out of use or display of Submitted Materials in connection with the Fellowship. The entrant indemnifies and holds the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts against any loss, damages, costs or claims, including fees for legal aid etc. arising out of a breach in any details and materials.
v) In case there is any discrepancy or breach found in the details and materials furnished by the entrant, the application will be deemed as disqualified.


1). Upon completion of the Grant, the fellow will submit a single printed edition of the work to the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts to promote the work/author, and retain it as part of the Alkazi Collection for research and display. The prints should be in a Museum Size (16 x 24 inches) and on an archival paper. The photographer may retain original negatives/scans.
2). The Alkazi Foundation will be credited for supporting the work whenever the work is shown.
3). The Grantee will provide the Foundation with the Hi-Resolution files of the work for publicity purposes of the said photographer. The AFA ensures that the work will only be used for non-commercial, academic, educational purposes and also within the context of publicizing the work of the awardee.
4). The final work may be exhibited at the end of Fellowship. The Alkazi Foundaion will help in realizing a display of the work in consultation with the photographer at a location and time that is mutually decided.


The participant agrees to abide by all the terms and conditions, guidelines by entering the competition and grant AFA an irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide royalty-free license to reproduce and display the Submitted Materials, in all media, solely in connection with the administration, judging and promotion of the said Grant including, but not limited to

Submitted Materials will NOT be used for commercial advertising purposes and will NOT be altered without the prior consent of the author, except as necessary to display or distribute them in a particular medium or format. Permissible uses of Submitted Materials shall include their reproduction, distribution and display in exhibitions, multimedia presentations, and printed materials related to or promoting the Grant. The AFA will always credit the artist as the author and copyright holder of his/her photographs.


The name of the Grant recipient will be declared by August / September 2018. The decision of the AFA in selection of the recipient will be final, private and without appeal.


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