The experimental ethos of the seven autonomous, free-wheeling artists involved in this exhibition play with the objecthood and ephemera of our daily lives and how inherent meanings get muted when creativity takes over. Episodes of escapes and resistances in our existential culture are confronted, seized and sealed into an idyllic frame which seeks liberation by engaging the viewer into observation and renegotiation. Meticulously chosen and embraced subjects, throb with a distinct emotional intensity thus providing a common undercurrent or an intangible binding force that connects and provides a coherent visualization of a series of frames together.
This exhibition features a spectrum of soulful comprehensions clicked and edited using a variety of techniques. Our nostalgic associations with black and white or sepia-toned photographs, is transformed when one gazes at seams, wrinkles and macro details of oblique objects. Varied manifestations of light and colour in each frame provide a visual multiplicity of sorts.
– Preeti Kathuria, Art consultant and curator
It all started with the exhibition I happened to go to at the Creativity gallery in Hauz Khaz village. About a 6 months ago? I think so. I saw this exhibition brochure on facebook. I thought. Hey why not. Lets just run down there and have a look at what this is all about. And then before I could go, I saw it at Rabi’s desk. WWHOAA! now I really have to go and see what this is.
So Im going going going. I have a fair idea of where this gallery is. And I reach the place. I loved the exhibit by Anvita Sarin. It was something I used to see in Nottingham and could connect with the the whole installation. Absolutely breathtaking with all the fine details of a memory.
Anyway, I was being my usual self and behaved outrageously happy that I had found something that would be of use to me . Mustered up the courage to speak to Ravi and flatly told him how much I wanted to be a part of their next exhibit – so much for being subtle.
Anyway, time passed and then their second exhibition came on.. And that’s when ravi emailed me again asking me if I was interested. HELL YEA!
And the story began. The group members were Ahmed, Ambika, Satyen, Hirak, Kabeer, Rajesh and Yatender (Yati). We got to the meetings, the first meeting where I got to see the whole group was interesting.. And a new experience. The CameraUnlimited team turned out to be such a delight to work with. Designing of brochures and bookmarks and printing. Cousin Sat and I took the charge of the designing.
The things went the way they were supposed to go . But then they had to. Didn’t they!
Work went on and on and soon the night of the inauguration came. Sat was calling me, I didn’t answer his call. I was about to reach the Gallery and found him coming out of the gallery.I gave him a quick hug .. I was a little tensed.. I wished him good luck.. this is going to be great 🙂 I stepped in, met the guest of honour. Mr.S. Paul was the gentleman. Very learned and full of experience. He’s the most awarded individual in photography – of our time – and still kept such a low profile.
I wonder, Is that what I want? I don’t know.
He gave some good criticism. Also mentioned that he had done work with hands as well.. In 1965’s and was published. Etc. He thought my images could have had more contrast.. And could be sharper.. Which is .. I don’t know.. That’s what I wanted.. I wanted to give a feeling of emerging out from the dark.. N he thought that the color image could be done with.. It looks separate. Infact most people thought that. True that.. Tried explaining that… but I think I should have not . And just listened to him. Aprna Caur ma’am was there as well. Se said she recognized it as my work.. I wonder why.. Probably because I was the only girl. In all it went well.. I got a lot of good criticism.. And important tips.. And praise..
I want to see where this will take me.. just like those lines that knoweth not where they lead but continue on still in full strength