Anshika Varma and Linh Pham at Plat(T)form in Switzerland
Above. Photo courtesy: Plat(T)form
Photo credit: Tom Bradley
South Asian participants Anshika Varma and Linh Pham will be among 42 selected international photographers and artists offering an insight into their work at the annual event Plat(T)form in Winterthur, Switzerland. During the portfolio viewing event taking place from 9-11 September, artists will present their works to the public and a team of experts.
India-based Anshika Varma is a photographer and curator with an interest in personal, collective and mythical histories. Through her work, Anshika looks at exploring the intricate relationship between memory and object as markers of identity. Her personal projects have been exhibited through various galleries in India, Italy and New York. She was invited to participate at the Chennai Photo Festival 2016 & 2019, Kochi Biennale 2014, New York Biennale for Contemporary Art 2013, India Art Fair 2012 & 2013 and the Florence Biennial in 2009. Her awards include the “Lorenzo Il Magnifico” award for photography at the Florence Biennale in 2009. Anshika is the founder of Offset Projects and Guftgu talk series
Photojournalist Linh Pham co-founded Matca in Vietnam in 2016 to nurture the local photography community. Matca is an independent, non-profit initiative dedicated to photography as a form of visual art. Founded in 2016, Matca has evolved across platforms, including but not limited to an online journal, a physical space, and an imprint. The open organizational structure allows them to experiment and adapt to the changing local context.
Since its launch, Matca has grown across many platforms. The multipurpose Matca Space for photography in Hanoi is where they organize exhibitions, host artist talks, and introduce photobooks, among other events. The space reflects their vision to broaden public understanding of this visual practice and give emerging photo-based artists the recognition they deserve. Makét is their publishing project, where experiments in design and print unfold, sometimes literally.