CPB extend an invitation to lens-based artists and photographers from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka for a residency program on the theme “Shared Tides”.

Due to multiple requests from various interested photographers, CPB is extending the deadline to 15 Feb 2023. This will be the last extension and hence we request you apply with your entires for the CPB Photo Awards at the earliest.

Last date for submission: 15 Feb, 2023


Connected by a conflicted past, but also by the continuums of shared waters, language, cuisine, cultures, climatic conditions, fishing systems, art and dance forms – Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka have a long, and shared history. Shared Tides is an attempt to relook at the very ideology/notion of borders, citizenship and identity cross shared by these two geographies. As neighbours, who live and breathe within their respective borders, is there a way for these tides to be seen as a shared phenomenon – as a ground of shared realities, differences, yet hope?

This open call is for artists and photographers who intend to work with local resources to research and develop cross cultural bodies of work on shared histories, cultures and environments.



– 2 artists from Sri Lanka and 2 artists from Tamil Nadu will be selected via an open-call for proposals. Applicants must have fluent command of Tamil in order to qualify.
– Selected artists will travel to the counter cities (Chennai / Jaffna ) for a one-month residency for research and development of their project
– Projects will be exhibited at the Chennai Photo Biennale Edition 4 with a possible iteration in Jaffna after

All details and submission criteria at the link in bio.

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