Politics and Cinema are inter-connected in Tamil civil society. Cinema’s ability to upset pre-existing cultural boundaries and to reallocate previously ghettoized cultural practices followed from the unprecedented ways in which it brought together the elites and the masses. The Tamil elite privileged realism as the governing principle of good cinema, but for the masses, it promised a dream that their heroes will one day take them to. The actors and actresses, who became mainstream rulers of the State made sure that everyone’s needs are met. Abul Kalam Azad has shot over 200 photographs of South Indian cinema poster details and its placement, between 2010 - 2016.
Cinema Paradiso, 2013
Abul Kalam Azad is an Indian visual artist and photographer based in Kerala. His works are largely personal explorations and documentation of experiences, and memories of his native land, people, and their culture. They deal with issues of identity, ethics, micro/macro history, and eroticism. His works have exhibited Nationally/Internationally in reputed museums and galleries. He has received Charles Wallace Award in the year 1996 and recognized by the French government through a scholarship grant. He is a recipient of grants from the Government of India and India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). He is the founder of Ekalokam Trust for Photography and Editor-in-chief of PhotoMail Online magazine.