An alumnus of the National
Institute of Design, India,
visiting scholar at the SOAS, London
University and at the University of California, Davis. He has worked in a variety of areas
including graphics, film, exhibition
and photography. He has made several
documentary films, curated exhibitions and has several photo-books to his
credit. Growing up in a family of artists and through his own professional
training, he brings an interesting intersection of art, photography and design
to his work.
He is founder-Director of
Centre for Media and Alternative Communication (CMAC).
Lately Parthiv has been
particularly interested and engaged in working on the issue of image perception
and representation. His visual journeys have lead him into working with
communities which are finding a mainstream voice and identity including the
transgender community and street children.
He was awarded The Charles Wallace fellowship in 1998 and the Senior
Fellowship by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India in 2010. He has been
visiting faculty at the National Institute of Advertising, National Institute
of Fashion Technology and National School of Drama.
Figures, Facts, Feelings: A Direct Diasporic Dialogue
Published by CMAC, 2000
Working in the Mill No More
By Jan Breman and Parthiv
Published by the Oxford University
University Press, 2004
By Vidya Shah, Aditya
Bandhopadhyay and Parthiv Shah
Published by CMAC, 2005
By Parthiv Shah and Vidya
ShahPublished by Pratham Books,
Art as witness
Edited by Parthiv Shah and Sana Das,
Published by Tulika Books,
CMAC’s seminal projects are:
Women on Record:
An art and media project that celebrates the Gramophone record era in the early
20th Century through music, theatre, dance, photography and film.
Supported by the Ford Foundation the project is a multi-media experience that
is an important creative documentation of an otherwise less celebrated history
of Indian music.
Art as Witness
is a cluster of barbed writings and biting images from the underbelly of
and its restless neighbours. Edited by photo-artist Parthiv Shah and research
scholar, Sana Das, the book demonstrates the painstaking work of eminent
photographers in and around South Asia,
activists, lawyers, writers and creative artists and their perspectives on the
fragile human rights situation in the region. The book was initiated under
Amnesty International India’s Art for Activism endeavour in collaboration with
CMAC, Centre for Media and Alternative Communication, New Delhi.
In collaboration with Make Art Stop AIDS (MASA), CMAC conceived, curated and
designed the Avant Garde show on
celebrated Artworks on HIV/AIDS by artists from across four countries. The
exhibition was the first of its kind in India, in creating a public platform to
engage unconventional audiences in railway stations, in Universities, as well
as hospitals, in a dialogue through art seen otherwise only in spaces such as
galleries and museums. The USP of the show was the manner in which the works
were mounted on mobile structures.
WE can end Violence against women: In this six country project, based in South Asia
CMAC has been the communication
partner of Oxfam GB that initiated this campaign. Right from inception CMAC was
involved in the branding of the campaign from creating the logo, the
publicity/advocacy materials the campaign song/video, photography exhibitions,
radio programs for awareness and other such.
Phone: 91-11-2015881, 26015882
To know more about him http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthiv_shah