On One Side Lies The Moon, On The Other Lies The Bread

Published on October 8, 2021

"...older than the coconut palm, older than the Bhandari palm tapper are the Koli fishing folk of Bombay among whom, if, in any one tribe, one must seek for the blood of the men of the Stone Age."

THE CURIOUS TRACES OF MASSAGE PARLOURS IN KOLKATA

Published on September 17, 2021

In the streets and by-lanes of Kolkata, it is not difficult to register the ubiquitous presence of posters advertising massage parlours and “relaxation services” across the city.

A PROPOSAL: WOMEN IN MATRIMONIAL PHOTOGRAPHS

Published on September 16, 2021

In tatters and unformed juxtapositions, the paper flakes of promises project a map of pedestrian desires and parallel economies.

Drawing Dissent: Political Cartoons in Modi’s India

Published on August 20, 2021

This essay discusses the growing popularity of standalone political cartoons on digital platforms while exploring their relationship with humour.

The Collage is Queer: Three Artists, Three Approaches

Published on August 6, 2021

This essay explores collage artworks of three queer artists – Aryakrishnan R, Sandip Kuriakose and Renuka Rajiv who reimagine the mainstream print and visual culture and thereby locate something uniquely queer.

Tracing The Trajectory of Illustrations in Tamil Periodicals

Published on July 22, 2021

Great authors and poets have always played with various figures of speech, simile and metaphors to help the readers visualise a scene. But what are the challenges when one is writing about issues of national importance at the time for struggle for independence from the colonial empire?

Jonaki – The Birth of Assamese Nationalism

Published on June 30, 2021

Probing the emergence of a linguistic identity, this essay examines the establishment and conceptual contributions of the earliest periodicals in Assam—beginning with Arunodoi, the first Assamese-language magazine published in 1846.

Tracing the history of Print: The case of Atelier Prati

Published on June 25, 2021

Discussing the works and achievements of an upcoming printmaking art collective in Banglore—Atelier Prati, this essay unveils the importance of reviving printmaking as a practice.

The Story of Goa and Print

Published on June 18, 2021

The story of the first printing press in India with a specific focus on Goa’s role in the early days of print in the subcontinent.

Pictorial Art in Bengal in the Age of Photo-Mechanical Reproduction

Published on June 10, 2021

This essay explores the fascination with 'half-tone' printing that Upendrakishore Ray pursued and print cultures of the early twentieth century in Bengal.

Open Call | Culture as Print

Published on February 25, 2021

For the upcoming issue of Write | Art | Connect, we invite pitches of no more than 200 words on the possible histories, attributes and trajectories of “print” in South Asia. Please submit brief outlines of a proposed essay to writeartconnect@gmail.com latest by 5 April 2021.