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STARS Exhibition in Paris July 2018 EXTENSION !

We are delighted to announce that the exhibition is extended until the 31st of August 2018!

The exhibition is open from Monday to Friday 8am-7pm.

The exhibition

“Portrait Dravida: A Century of Studio Photography”

organized for the 25th ECSAS Conference (European Association for South Asian Studies) will be held from 5 to 30 July 2018 at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, at 54 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris.

The entrance is free.

“Portrait Dravida” shows for the first time in France the photographic production of popular photo studios in South India.

In this region of the world for over a century, the photo studio remained the only means of access to photography for the vast majority of the Indian population of all castes and origins. One would come alone, as a couple, as a family and, a little later, as a group of friends to get a portrait taken. If it was “too late”, the photographer would be called to the home to immortalize a recently deceased member of the family. The photo studio was the temple of portraiture where imagined ideals and rough social realities coexisted on the negatives. The challenge of the S.T.A.R.S. project is to consider, for the first time, these photographic portraits of commercial photo studios as object of study and object of art.

The exhibition was realized thanks to the support of ECSAS, the CEIAS (Center of Study of India and South Asia, CNRS-EHESS) and the EHESS.



Zoe Headley, CEIAS-CNRS



Kasha E. Vande, ARCH M, Trustee, PondyART Foundation


Chantier Ecole de conservation restauration Juin 2018

Objectifs pédagogiques

Le département des restaurateurs de l’Institut national du patrimoine forme les futurs restaurateurs du patrimoine, habilités à travailler sur les collections « musées de France » dans sept spécialités : peinture, arts textiles, photographie, sculpture, arts graphiques et livres, mobilier, arts du feu (céramique, verre, émail et métal). Dans le cadre de la formation, les étudiants réalisent des opérations de conservation-restauration in situ , dans des institutions partenaires sur des durées de 1 à 2 semaines, encadrés par un restaurateur diplômé d’état entre le début du mois de juin et la mi-juillet en France, dans les territoires ultra-marin ou à l’étranger. Continue reading Chantier Ecole de conservation restauration Juin 2018

Exhibition: “Heritage of the Family” (2015)

The S.T.A.R.S collective and the IFP  joined forces with PondyART to give the public the opportunity to enjoy a sample of the photographs so far collected, observe the styles Tamil Nadu photography studios utilised for the printed images and reinforce the importance of preserving this visual record of local heritage. The exhibition coincided with the Pondicherry Heritage Festival. Continue reading Exhibition: “Heritage of the Family” (2015)