Citizen Issue

30 April 2019

Rohit Saha, from the series Fake Encounters, 2016 – 2018, digital

Citizenship as seen through this issue, addresses certain pitfalls of a societal malaise, a status quo. It brings certain temporal trajectories into focus: about rights that can and should be exercised; about contemporary leftist social movements that have existed and grown; and hierarchies of viewership that have been revised, amended, and some eventually atomised. And like the myriad lenses through which we piece together a moment, citizenship too pierces a discursive vacuum to invite critical engagement, redefinition, ideological disjuncture, and sometimes radicalisation in order to recast itself as a mutable force, adapting to and demolishing emergent despotisms like a multi-headed hydra.


The Paradox of Shahidul Alam

Christopher Pinney

Anyone who has had the privilege of participating in Chobi Mela will have encountered Shahidul Alam as a charismatic and remarkable presence. Mysteriously energetic, he is the model public intellectual who has externalised his exceptional intellect into facilitating structures that have...

Hyphenated Subjects: Photography - Citizenship

Rahaab Allana

I have been a Pakistani for 30 years, a Muslim for 1400 years and a Pathan for 5000 years... - Abdul Wali Khan, 1977 By exploring where we come from, perhaps what we ask ourselves is: who are we? The predicaments which arise from citizenship are linked to this dilemma – riddled...


Let There Be Clamour

Arnav Adhikari | Ronny Sen

Citizenship and Art

Iftikhar Dadi

A Journey of Resistance: The Sahmat Collective

Ram Rahman

Feminist Posters From the Zubaan Archives

Sukanya Baskar

We Exist

Karan Shrestha

Avant-Garde Politics

Siva Sai Jeevanantham

Metamorphosis of an Ancient Identity

Nilargha Chatterjee

Adivaani: A Testimony of Resurgence

Ruby Hembrom

Interview: Dalit Image-Histories of Nepal

Diwas Raja KC

Record/Resist: Sheba Chhachhi


Tears on the Line

Partha Sengupta

Fake Encounters

Rohit Saha

1943: Sunil Janah's Famine Photographs

Emilia Terracciano

Article 19

Marylise Vigneau

Interview: Reconstructing Photography and Otherness

Mark Sealy

A Million Migrations Now

Sonal Khullar


Sahil Saxena

Are We Home Yet?

Shuchi Kapoor & Natasha Raheja

Neither Here, nor There: Pakistani Hindu Claims to Indian Citizenship

Natasha Raheja & Shuchi Kapoor

Everyday Partitions: 'My East is Your West' (2015) & 'This Night-Bitten Dawn' (2016)

Sonal Khullar

Love in Bombay

Anurag Banerjee

An (un)Emotional Fugitive

Vishwajyoti Ghosh / A.B. Sen

Govinda's Govinda

Moloy Ranjan Biswas