“Swaroop” is a combination of 2 words “Swa” which means “Self” and “Roop” which means “form”. Together these combine, to convey the meaning of Swaroop as One’s true form.

For us, the research team at the Center for New Economics Studies, Swaroop signifies the essence of ‘form’ which may be used to describe the self-image of narrative identity, while portraying the truth.

In September 2022, Swaroop initiated its first annual edition by featuring a two-day photo exhibition of Visual Storyboard Team through its’ team lead photojournalist, digital ethnographer Jignesh Mistry’s work.

The exhibited pieces reflected the photographic brilliance of the artist, Jignesh Mistry, and were a means of creative expression for visually commemorating our research team’s fieldwork in India, depicting a concentrated focus of research on the narratives, lives and livelihoods of unsecured workers and communities.

In the two-day event, the goal was of exhibiting an assortment of pictures and video essays produced from the teams’ field stories completed across India over the last two years, is to unveil the archives and experiences of those whose lives are veiled by institutional and systemic oppression.

The event was held on the premises of OP Jindal Global University campus in collaboration with the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities. The sale proceeds from the exhibition was part of an all-engaging attempt to raise funds for undertaking future fieldwork, to create more of such visual storyboards while honoring the team’s past productions.

These photos are part of the collection of photographs taken by Jignesh Mistry and curated for the Swaroop 2022 Exhibition, displayed on the O.P Jindal Global University campus from 3rd-4th September. Swaroop is a fundraiser initiative to support Visual Storyboards and its fieldwork. Interested buyers can avail of the Archival Print in three different sizes mentioned in the detailed form in the link


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