If you love photography, you're in for a treat. More than 600 lens-based art works by 400 Indian and international artists will be on display at venues across Mumbai as the city hosts a two-week festival called Focus, a first-of-its-kind event dedicated to photo art.
On display from March 13 to 27 will be works by artists such as Baiju Parthan, Sooni Tarap-orevala, Prajakta Potnis and Vivek Vilasini.
Also on offer will be competitions, walks and seminars across 22 venues, including art galleries, performance clubs, lifestyle stores, restaurants and public spaces.
Over the last three years, there has been an increased interest in photo art, among artists and collectors alike.
Art collector Kunal Bijlani, 36, for instance, bought his first piece of photo art this month — a lens-based work by Tuni-sian artist Zied Ben Rom-dhane, showing an old Bangla-deshi migrant standing lost and stranded at the Tunisian border.
The country head of a UK-based real-estate consultancy, Bijlani has been collecting art for four years and owns a total of 120 paintings, prints and etchings, mainly by young and emergent artists.
“Lately, I have found myself drawn to photo art,” he said. “It appeals to me because it captures the emotions and textures of real life, of a specific moment, from a different perception, and freezes it forever.”
The fact that this kind of art is more relatable, comes at relatively modest prices and has universal appeal is also piquing interest in the genre.
“Familiarity with the medium is another reason for its growing popularity,” says Matthieu Foss, art consultant and co-organiser of Focus.
(For full schedule of the Focus photo art festival, visit focusfestivalmumbai.com)