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Abhishek Khedekar – Tamasha

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The inaugural winner of the Publishing Performance residency and book award uses sculpture, collage and reappropriation to capture the synaesthesia of a rural Indian working-class spectacle.

Tamasha follows 100-person Dalit ‘families’ of actors performing Tamasha: a travelling form of dance, song, and festivities that criss-crosses the state of Maharashtra. As post-independence India moved away from rural dance and song forms, Tamasha became stigmatised, polarised and relegated in Indian society. Khedekar’s images dive into the complexity of this sociocultural fabric with a dizzying array of artistic techniques, from staging, performance, collage, video and sound. Khedekar’s bricolage of visual forms elevates the make-do, unpretentious attitude of Tamasha performance into a unique aesthetic of song, community and expression: creativity far from the urban centre.

Khedekar is the recipient of Publishing Performance 2022: an artist’s residency and publishing award focused on the intersections of photography and performance. Khedekar developed his work as artist-in-residence at Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, for a book to be edited, designed and published by Loose Joints.


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  • Abhishek Rajaram Khedekar (b. 1991) is a photographer based in New Delhi, India. His work revolves around documenting stories bordering between reality and fiction, creating narratives, and curating archival images.

    Khedekar studied Masters in Photography Design at the National Institute of Design, India. He is currently working as a freelance photographer and designer, while also focusing on his long-term photo-based projects. Khedekar is the 2022 recipient of the Loose Joints/Mahler & Lewitt Studios Publishing Performance award.
  • 88 pages, 220 × 260 mm, 75 colour plates
    Cahier-bound debossed brochure

    Edited by Sarah Chaplin Espenon at Loose Joints Studio
    Designed & Published by Loose Joints

    LJ180, July 2023 
    ISBN 978-1-912719-45-7

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