About Faithfully Yours? :
I pick up my steps, nourish my faith and get started on a journey that I have made almost every living day/moment of my life. It’s the one between faith being broken and restored over and over…but I never get too far. I walk on this thin lineof belief that keeps fragmenting and reforming…
Through this narrative I try and piece together my visions of this unsettling journey. These are images that we may go through every day that eventually abstract into fragments… the meaning of faith changes as circumstances and perspectives alter… The visuals may change but I stand in the middle of it whether I stay afloat or drown away.
Faithfully Yours? was a group show by seven young and emerging photographers. Amongst them was my photo art installation that talks of changing perspectives and meanings of faith as times change and circumstances change. This was a tough one for me. Throughout this process i experienced so many emotions and critiques that would shout out back at me to quit and do something else, but as cliche as it sounds, faith kept me going. I had faith in the piece of art that i was constructing – even though i had no idea what it was going to be like till the end. Somehow I was calm. Nothing stirred me. This surprises me because that’s not how usually things roll for me.
For a very long time I worked on the display aspect of the photo art installation. It has been my intention to break the conventions of exhibiting photographs as frames and confined areas. Photography as fine art, photography to be viewed as a piece of artwork rather than just a documentation tool is where I strive to take my art exploration. This is one of the first attempts I made to experiment with material and visual perceptions.
The display was very well received at the exhibition. Interestingly enough,I realized that so many spectators could not go beyond the visual impact of the installation. I wonder if that was a good thing in its entirety. The reason I chose this particular way to display was the subject – Faith. Faith, that binds us and Faith that is fragmenting, fraying, breaking away, giving way to commercialism, materialism and loss of innocence. I reiterate the breaking apart through visual breaking away into smaller fragments of canvases too.
Arpana Caur ma’am was very kind enough to tell me that my work was very mature and serious- for my age. I took that as the biggest compliment ever. She didn’t think I could have done it any better! (although im already thinking of ways to take this process further ). On my asking her, she also did say, its a long journey to where I want to go but i should carry on with all the zest and zeal. So much encouragement that was for me. Im glad I stuck on to the faith when I most needed to believe in something. I know there is a higher power that holds us, binds us, sometimes warns us from oncoming ordeals. – Paramhansa Yogananda -An autobiography of a Yogi – is an excellent read. Clears the mind and the purposes of life. (this may not be in context – but I wanted to write it in)
And to quickly conclude, I am very thankful to all the people who took the time out to view the exhibit and gave such raving reviews about my work and the show. Hope to keep experimenting and finding new ways to put forth photography as an art form, bring about changes, as much as I can. It would be excellent to be able to find like minded people who would support me in this to create something new!
Follow the link below to view my photo art installation documentation and some art reviews:
Some of the fun times we had during our time at Arpana Caur Gallery! http://phototravelings.blogspot.in/2013/03/faithfully-yours-photography-exhibition.html