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IN CONVERSATION

Vinita Barretto

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your practice?

I  live in a quaint village in South Goa with my parents and pets. I  try to do things in a simple and basic manner to sustain and withhold myself from the pressures of this world. Very often I feel disconnected from the people I meet or work with. It's only through making photos that I started gathering those shattered pieces one by one. Honestly, sometimes I feel, there is nothing else I can do other than making photos.

 

What kinds of photography are you interested in? Do you see photography as a way to gather and  collect memories through ‘impressions’?

I am interested in images that evoke memories and feelings. I never plan anything far ahead, making images helps me to be present in the moment and keeps me calm. I don’t have a specific style.  I shoot anything that catches my eye. Whatever happens later when I look through my archives is always a sweet surprise.  

What is the role of storytelling in your practice?

Storytelling is a constant practice.  I surrender to the light, mood and experience I am feeling at that moment in time. It really doesn’t matter whether I am at home or somewhere else. For me, every image is a residue of a fleeting experience that leaves me with a story.

 

Can you tell me about the photography collective you are part of?

 

It's a collective of 9 women photographers from various parts of India,  which empowers a safe, non-toxic environment that practises photography but also shares a bond of sisterhood and comfort. We are aiming to launch our first book in 2022. 

 

What is the project that you worked on for the CATALYST art grant?

 

I have continued to work on my ongoing body of work which is about documenting home and my surroundings. 

 

The subject of your work is very personal and intimate. How do you try and create an opportunity for the audience to access these private moments and encounters?

 

I feel a person or home has its own story, there is a bit of all in one.  I am more immersed in the process of image-making, almost on a daily basis. Sharing snippets of my life through online platforms has made it a comfortable process for me. The CATALYST grant is the first time I will have the opportunity to showcase my work through an exhibition. I don’t like to say too much about how someone will interpret my work and ideas —I leave it open to ambiguity and the viewer’s interpretation.

How does the work on display consider/ create sensorial experiences for the audience?

 

Mostly making imagery is an intuitive process for me. It brushes through the passage of time, decay, longing, spaces in between, the polarity of personal relationships within the four walls of home. The mundane, the beautiful, hope despair — and just the everyday. 

I hope any of it touches even one person experiencing the work… that would be a delight!