Sambasiva graduated in geology in India, received his masters in Austria and PhD in Germany before arriving in Salvador to teach at the Federal University of Bahia. In 1972, he received a Minolta camera as a gift from a friend and since then, he has registered family moments in both Brazil and India, as well as his professional activities and research trips.
The photographs taken in different cities of India, acquire a historical value, since the access to photo cameras in the country was restricted, thanks to insular economical policies. Now, these photographs have been digitalized and treated by Vijai. In this way, the artist took on the roles of the editor and the organizer of the book, since the authorship of the book is credited to Sambasiva.
The displacement of functions is part of a larger project Vijai Maia Patchineelam pursues in his PhD research in a practice-led project that looks to employ artists, as artists, inside the administrative side of art institutions at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and the University of Antwerp.
Samba Shiva, the result of the photography grant from Revista Zum and Instituto Moreira Salles, is a son’s reading of the photographic archive of his father.
samba shiva: the photographs of sambasiva rao patchineelam
2017, color, 232 pages, 17 x 25 cm
editor Vijai Maia Patchineelam
design by Nina Bačun, Roberta Bratović
texts by Hemant Sareen, Beatriz Lemos