Born to Perform

Born to Perform is a critically acclaimed photography project photographed in various parts of the world. It featuring performing artists from two dozen countries, each of whom is a change maker having shattered almost every common and negative notion about physical limitations of disability. Featured artists include Aliènette Coldfire (second runners up, France Has Got Talent), Australian crooner Tony Dee – the voice of We're The Superhumans campaign for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Orchestra – the world's first disabled youth orchestra. This is one photo project that highlights issues of disability, diversity and inclusion.

  • Vijay S. Jodha
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Artist Biography

Vijay S. Jodha is a writer, filmmaker and a self-taught photographer based in India. He has produced five books and his projects have been showcased in galleries, museums and festivals worldwide.

They have received over 100 honors in 24 countries including 20 best film/director awards; grants from institutions like Sundance, Eurovision, Swiss Development Agency, Ford Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He studied film making at New York University and his films have been broadcast on 75 channels worldwide including on BBC, CNN and Discovery.

He has directed three photography-related films that have received dozens of honors and been screened at over 250 festivals in over 60 countries. His collaborative photo project about television was shown in galleries and museums worldwide, and described by The New York Times as “a beautiful series.”

Two of his books and four films are in the U.S. Library of Congress, while one project is archived at OSA Budapest – world’s premier repository of materials dealing with human rights. Indian Confederation of NGOs has honored Vijay with Media Citizen Award for using media to drive social change. In 2018 he was given the honor of presenting a film and addressing delegates from 193 countries at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Alternate responses to his work include having two projects' public showings being vandalized, and a false police case that took eight years to be thrown out by India’s courts.

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Artist Statement

I have been working on disability issue for over two decades. I have found that while issues of training and jobs gets centre stage, there are other issues like cultural rights is ignored. This on-going photo project, produced in collaboration with artists from two dozen tries to highlight this aspect in an interesting and inspiring manner.