Harikrishna Katragadda & Shweta Upadhyay

I’ll Be Looking at the Moon but I’ll be Seeing You

Started as a photobook project on the expressions and registers of love. It is about ways of seeing one’s lover, the desire, and heartache of looking for the elusive other in the world around. His wife is the subject of these portraits that reveal the body of a lover and relate it to the organic world, wherein identity, memory, and desire draw on a universe of meaning making. This work is inspired by the opening scene in Jean Luc-Godard’s Le Mépris and the Billie Holiday song, I’ll Be Seeing You.  In the second stage, the photographer’s wife took control of the narrative to inflect the way in which she is represented.  She used text to describe her emotions, some directly related to the images, others responding to their moods and atmosphere. Through erasures, defacements, and damage, she converts the photographs into a series of self-portraits. Her memories come in the way of the trajectories and interpretations of these images indicating the presence of other lost, past lovers lurking and haunting in the interstices of the images, adding layers to their present love.

BIOS

Harikrishna Katragadda
is a Mumbai-based photographer whose work explores communities, environments, and personal memories. Using a long-term documentary approach, Katragadda works with alternative photographic methods to incorporate found materials in images. He graduated with a Masters from the University of Texas at Austin and started his career as a photojournalist in New Delhi. Katragadda has published and exhibited internationally and received the India Habitat Centre Photosphere grant, the Media Foundation for India prize and the National Foundation for India fellowship. Additionally, Katragadda’s photobooks are shortlisted for the Alkazi Photobook and the Bob Books award.

 

Shweta Upadhyay
is a writer and an artist who uses text, erasure, and defacement on photographs. She uses fragments from her diary, poetry, and cinema in her appropriation art practice.  After studying Ancient History and Journalism, Upadhyay started her career as an Art Editor at Time Out Delhi. She has written on arts and culture for various publications in India. She is based in Mumbai and works as the Text Editor of Art India magazine.

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