Wednesday, September 19, 2012

'Wide Eye Open' exhibition and 'Blind With Camera' workshop

‘Infinite Ability’ is pleased to announce the ‘Wide Eye Open’- an exhibition of photographs by the visually impaired at Alliance Francaise de Delhi. It will be a collection of photographs taken by the visually impaired who were trained in photography since 2006 under the Blind With Camera project of Beyond Sight Foundation, Mumbai. The inaugural special preview will be on Friday 5 October 2012 at 6.30 pm at Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Francaise de Delhi, 72 Lodi Estate, New Delhi-110003. Opening of the exhibition will be followed by a brief Choir Concert by the young visually challenged singers trained by the Neemrana music foundation. The exhibition will be open for public viewing from 6th Oct to 18 Oct 2012, 11 am-8 pm (All days including Sunday).

WIDE EYE OPEN occupies the ground “zero” of photography, a subject full of paradox and revelation. It is a collection of photographs taken by the visually impaired who were trained in photography since 2006 under the Blind With Camera project of the Beyond Sight Foundation, Mumbai.

Photographs coming out of the project have been exhibited in several art galleries In India & abroad. This exhibition is not just about the photographs, it offers touch and feel pictures, Braille & large print footnotes and audio descriptions to provide “inclusion” of both visually impaired and sighted visitors.

The Blind With Camera project is the first of its kind in India. It was started by Partho Bhowmick after he came in touch with Evgen Bavcar, one of the world’s most accomplished blind photographers based in Paris.

On the first three days, Infinite Ability, the disability subgroup of Medical Humanities Group of University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), Delhi will organize a workshop entitled ‘Blind With Camera’. This is an attempt to empower the visually impaired and blind student’s from Delhi University and Saksham NGO from NOIDA. The mission is to create a community where people with visual impairment can learn, participate, enjoy and practice the art of photography.

The vision of ‘Infinite Ability’ is to explore disability through creativity and with Blind With Camera we believe that art by persons with disability is an invaluable form of expressions. We can prove that they have interesting way to perceive and lead life and art “by” all and “for” all can lead to an equitable society. The workshop will be conducted from 10-1 pm on 5-7 Oct 2012 at Alliance française de Delhi.

Proceeds from the sale of photographs goes to the visually impaired photographers and for the education of the visually impaired children. Join us to experience the illuminated world of the visually impaired photographers and support them to lead a life of dignity.

Joint Partners: Beyond Sight Foundation, Alliance Francaise de Delhi, Infinite Ability UCMS, EOC Delhi University, Neemrana Music Foundation, Saksham Trust

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