Samar Singh Jodha
is an artist who over the last twenty years, has been using photography and film to address various issues like development, human rights and conservation. His work has shown in galleries and museums worldwide. Jodha’s eight-year long project on Ageing in India www.agelessmindandspirit.com
remains the single biggest social communication project in terms of outputs and outreach. Extracts of it were showcased at Whitechapel Gallery, London and Fotomuseum, Zurich in 2010.
Bhopal – A Silent Picture, a 40-foot installation was showcased by Amnesty International London during the Summer Olympics. This multi-media public art project has so far clocked in over 150 thousand visitors. www.bhopalasilentpicture.com
Phaneng – his award winning portraiture project about the disappearing Tai Phake, a Buddhist tribe in India’s northeast was seen at Religare Art, New Delhi in 2008, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. in 2010 and in Birkfeld, Styria in Austria in 2012. He continues to work closely with this endangered community.
He has also been running photography workshops “Express & Aspire” with underprivileged children in Asia and Africa for the past 15 years. Each workshop goes beyond honing creativity of the children and helps raise self-esteem, impart life lessons and offer possibilities that are hard for the participants to otherwise imagine in their difficult circumstances. Awards, fundraisers, art auctions are some of the other outputs emerging from these engagements.
Parallel to his art projects and editorial work, Samar has worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BBC World Service Trust and the United Nations.
His current project OUTPOST is being shown at the Venice Biennale. It’s a visual disquisition on spontaneous individual expression in a rapidly homogenising global culture. Jodha deploys a pictorial trope of discarded containers fashioned into habitat by miners in India's pristine northeast. www.samarsinghjodha.com