A CONVERSATION WITH BHARAT SIKKA:
6:30PM DOHA/9PM GOA
Join Bharat Sikka and Charlotte Cotton to explore Sikka’s long-term collaboration with his father. Under the title of The Sapper, this photographic and sculptural project is as multilayered as the relationship between a father and adult son - a story of companionship with neither the patriarch nor the photographer commanding superiority over the other. There is a negotiated equality that happens within the photographic space that they create together, where ideas are exchanged and their authorship is fluidly passed between father and son.
ABOUT BHARAT SIKKA:
Bharat Sikka was born and raised in India, where he began his photographic practice before studying at the Parsons School of Design, NY. Sikka’s long term photographic projects have centered on the cultural residues and societal transformations within India, rendered with the visual language and material forms of contemporary art photography. His work subtly speaks to India’s history and regionality (of Kashmir, in Where the Flowers Still Grow), the tide of globalization (Matter), and masculinity (Indian Men). His ongoing project - The Sapper - is a detailed and layered portrayal of his father. Sikka and his father’s photographic relationship has also become multi-layered, shown in the range of Sikka’s intimate portraits of his father in his daily life through to the collaborative performances and enactments that the engineer-father undertakes for his photographer-son.
Bharat Sikka, The Sapper project