(founded in 2018, based in New Delhi)
Offset Projects works to create channels of engagement in photography and book making through artist talks, workshops, residencies, curated reading rooms and collaborative exercises in publishing. It believes that story telling lies at the heart of human creative energy and would like to make a space for collective engagement, meaningful critique and reflective inquiry. The initiative looks at exploring authorship and the democratic dissemination of artistic expression through the book form to break notions of exclusivity in access and readings/ ownership of photography.
The initiative runs a photo book library, the Offset Pitara, which has been creating active interventions in looking at the photo book as an artistic form in its own right. The Offset Press has also recently published, Guftgu, the first of its kind deconstructed photobook featuring works by contemporary photographers from South Asia. The Offset Bookshop is India’s only photobook store focused on independent and self-published books from South Asia.
Offset Projects was founded by Anshika Varma, a photographer and curator with an interest in personal, collective and mythical histories. Anshikas’ curations and works have been shown at Goa Photo, Chennai Photo Biennale, Photo Kathmandu, Angkor Photo Festival, Tbilsi Night of Photography, Kochi Biennale, New York Biennale for Contemporary Art, and the Florence Biennial.