Digital symposium "About Walking" on March 25/26, 2021

photo: Siddharth Agarwal, Crossing the Ganga with pilgrims at Sultanganj Bihar, from 'Moving Upstream', Veditum India Foundation

The Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie (Germany) and the Chennai Photo Biennale (India) jointly organised a digital symposium on 25 and 26 March, 2021, that was dedicated to walking in photography. Under the title "About Walking", photographers and researchers talked about the various social and political aspects of walking from a transcultural perspective. Whereas for some walking can be perceived as a relief in times of drastic mobility restrictions, for others walking became necessary and existential. Such as for migrant workers in India, who can only reach their homes, often hundreds of kilometres away, on foot.

You can watch the recording of the symposium including a YouTube playlist on the keyword "Walking" → here.

Invited speakers included photographers Michal Iwanowski, Andreas Langfeld, Paroma Mukherjee and Katja Stuke, urban planner Vidya Mohan Kumar, environmental activist and founder of Veditum, Siddharth Agarwal, travel guide and artist Boris Sieverts and the visual storytelling agency Storytrails Chennai. The Indian artist and curator Ram Rahman and Alexander Hagmann, founder and editor of dieMotive – Zeitschrift zur Kultur der Fotografie, moderated the discussions.

Further information about the speakers can be found at our → press section, see "press releases".

The symposium "About Walking" is a cooperation between the Chennai Photo Biennale and the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, funded by the Friedrich Stiftung.