Land and Lens

Vanastree and Punarchith collectives present Land & Lens, a Photography exhibition by youth and women farmers of Chamarajanagar and Sirsi who reveal their land and lives through the lens

Land and Lens is a Buoyantly-Bold Experiment with Three Simple Goals:

  • Train rural women and youth how to use professional-level cameras
  • Through the camera lens—encourage them to fearlessly reveal their land, lives, and inherent creativity
  • Provide them venues, as artists, to share their work


The Land and Lens Exhibition :  This vibrant exhibition of photos documents a buoyantly-bold process. Youth and women farmers, none of whom had previously been trained in the use of a camera, were encouraged to fearlessly explore sessions of self-guided photography. With unrealised talents coming to light, each photo isn’t just an image for the students—it is an experience.

28616911_1988905354703921_1482294954966682203_oThrough this exhibition, the aim is to provide the photographers a unique space. One where their creative expressions can open viewer’s eyes to places and lifescapes seldom explored. Soil and skies, crops and trees, community and home, and unusual spaces that the streets become. Agricultural and rural land, expansive and beautiful, but often stressed.

With its many hardships and joys, the students share revealing glimpses into the daily rhythm of village India.

More than simply a collection of photos, the Land and Lens exhibition features elements of traditional village art alongside contemporary media — weaving together a vivid narrative of a collective rural experience in the Chamarajanagar and Sirsi regions.


Venue: Venkatappa Art Gallery – Kasturba Road, Bengaluru

Dates:  Exhibition: April 7-13, 2018 10 AM – 7 PM (Inauguration: April 7, 2018 5 PM)

Mannu-Kannu Mela: April 7 & 8 (Sat & Sun), 2018 11 AM – 6 PM



Mannu-Kannu Mela : The opening weekend event will host many of the Land and Lens photographers, and stalls by Vanastree, Vanya, and Honneru: Rural Youth Collective—featuring their products, crafts,



For more details check landandlens.org





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