How is it that loss both occupies as well as empties space? How can we think of writing, photography, and archiving as modes that can enable us to be in dialogue with that which has been lost? This workshop would use a series of writing prompts and a selection of photographs of the streetscapes of Pondicherry from IFP’s Photo Archive to invite participants to work with archival photographs and writing as companionable forms that can store and also reshape the meaning of loss.

This creative writing workshop is open to all. However, spaces are limited. Click here to register

This workshop could be of particular interest to those who enjoy and/or are seeking spaces for creative writing in a group setting; who would like to read, write, or think about loss and adjacent themes such as absence, grief, forgetting, erasure, and disappearance; and who may be keen to explore writing and archival photographs as mediums that can both hold as well as transform loss into new forms.

Further details about the workshop are as follows:

Date and time: 27 August, 2023 (Sunday); 10.00 a.m.-12.30 p.m.

Venue: Institut Français de Pondichéry (French Institute of Pondicherry), 11, Saint Louis Street, Pondicherry – 605 001

Devarati Chakrabarti is Project Coordinator of this Foundation Project, implemented by India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) under their Archives and Museums programme, in collaboration with the Institut Français de Pondichéry (IFP). This Foundation Project is made possible with support from Tata Trusts, with the corpus interest of an earlier seed grant.

Writing Loss