Mention a photography exhibition, and you tend to visualise neatly arranged photographs displayed in art galleries or museums. But creative professionals Nicola Antaki, Elise Foster Vander Elst and Matthieu Foss are all set to change it. Antaki specialises in architecture and planning; Elise Elst is an art historian and Foss owns an art gallery in Ballard Estate, but they share the passion to take art to the masses. Their brainchild, Focus Photography Festival, boasts of over 30 exhibitions, outdoor shows, book launches, talks, and more across Mumbai.
The public events will be held across a host of venues such as cafés, malls, streets as well as retail stores. Speaking about the project, Foss says, "So many images are clicked and shared around us. But there is little reflection behind those pictures. The great thing about this festival is that the images are curated. That makes a lot of difference."
The theme of the festival is Crossover. Explaining the theme, Foss shares, "We realised we could explore many areas under the umbrella of 'crossover' such as migration, religion, gender, fashion, and so on."Fairer People = Beautiful People = Powerful People