After a call for submissions organized by PIX on the theme “Student practices: experimentation”, a special publication of the Quarterly launched on 17th February 2018, with reflection on how arts and photography departments of universities and schools are charting new approaches to the medium made through exploratory works being produced by students.
The Student issue of PIX was an engagement with pedagogical modalities— state-funded teaching institutions, and the individual mentoring of young practitioners by creative older exponents of the discipline.
The issue explored how these modalities— served with the challenge of disseminating the techniques, truths and potential of the most ubiquitous form of media practice in the 21st century — might often deeply condition a new practitioner’s methodology and perspectives.
This issue attempted to gauge the experience of young practitioners: their assimilation of the instruction they received, the fulfilment or failure of their aspirations and visions, and whether over time, pedagogical input and critique from different sources had altered their personal approach to their craft, in both material and ideological terms.
This special edition, supported by Bonjour India and launched in collaboration with the Gujral Foundation, included young photographers’ works, some very insightful and knowledgeable interviews with eminent personalities in the world of art and photography including Riyas Komus, Dayanita Singh, Shahidul Alam and Sabeena Gadihoke.