ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/show en-us 40 Sebastian Cortes - Tasveer - Bangalore - August 8th - August 8th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><strong><em>Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past </em>by Sebastian Cort&eacute;s is a new and previously un-exhibited series of photographs exploring the traditional habitats and domestic spaces of the Bohra Islamic community in the small town of Sidhpur, Gujarat.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">This exhibition is the first in-depth photographic exploration of this community to date and will be accompanied by a new book published by Tasveer, <em>Sidhpur: Time Present</em> <em>Time Past </em>with a text by Rosalyn D&rsquo; Mello.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Cort&eacute;s took up photography in 1980 while at the New York University film school, where he studied and collaborated with many of the best names in the industry, earning international recognition as a fashion and lifestyle photographer. In India, Cort&eacute;s has focused on uncovering the unique inner landscape of societies and cultures, the evocative, simpler realities created within the bubble of imposed cultural stereotypes. In Sidhpur he discovered an abandoned, little-known town with a rich heritage and a distinctive vernacular architecture. Aesthetic curiosity led him to photograph the domestic spaces of an elusive and veiled Islamic community, <em>the Bohras </em>whose complex cultural make-up is reflected in their unique architecture, anamalgamation of Hindu, Islamic, Persian, European and Colonial styles.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Despite consciously distancing himself from what he sees, and recording objectively, without any preconceived notions of his subject, Cort&eacute;s&rsquo; images accentuate photography&rsquo;s ability to capture, visually interpret and expose the inherent nature contained within places, seemingly mundane domestic environments and architecture. Haunting and dreamlike these images often challenge the veracity of photographs, capturing the residual memories, history and fragments of life that linger in the facades of buildings, empty rooms, windows, stairways, and the other intricate, distinguishing architectural features of Bohra dwellings. Cort&eacute;s creates an ambiguous reality where past and present blur and merge, and where the physical environment becomes a cultural artefact, that penetrates through the walls exposing the inner realm of this otherwise concealed community.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;"><em>Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past </em>is organised by Tasveer in partnership with Vacheron Constantin. The world&rsquo;s oldest Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacture, Vacheron Constantin has a long history and commitment to supporting prestigious international art and cultural institutions across the world. Their</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">collaborations include, the Op&eacute;ra National de Paris, the French Institut National des M&eacute;tiersd&rsquo;Art, the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Louvre Museum&rsquo;s Contemporary Art initiatives and the Mus&eacute;e Barbier Mueller of Geneva. In India, Vacheron Constantin partner with Tasveer for their 9th season of exhibitions across the country.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Opening and Preview: August 7th 2014, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Exhibition continues August 8th - 28th 2014</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Monday to Saturday 10.00 am - 6.00 pm</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Tasveer</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Sua House</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">26/1 Kasturba Cross Road</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium;">Bangalore 560001</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:26:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list - Tasveer - New Delhi - August 13th - August 31st <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'times new roman', times;"><strong>Tasveer and Vacheron Constantin are delighted to present the exhibition Institutions by Christopher Taylor&nbsp;at Exhibit320, New Delhi.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">The photographs in this exhibition explore the interiors of Imperial buildings in Mumbai and Kolkata.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">Taylor&rsquo;s eloquent depictions of some of the quintessential emblems of British rule, attempt to unravel the&nbsp;legacy of colonialism, considering its ambiguities and its impact on contemporary Indian society.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">Christopher Taylor&rsquo;s photographs were described by the noted author and publisher Naveen Kishore as&nbsp;&ldquo;haunted by the &lsquo;then&rsquo; of a previous long-passed moment.&rdquo; His images explore notions of memory both&nbsp;real and conceived, considering the idea that the past can be revealed, understood and revisited through&nbsp;enduring symbols and emblems within the landscape. A zoologist by training, and a self taught photographer,</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">Taylor&rsquo;s interest in photography began in his teens when he worked as a beach photographer in the UK.&nbsp;His extensive travel through Asia, (particularly India and China), has inspired his various photographic&nbsp;projects, exhibitions and books. Most recently, he collaborated with Soumitra Das of The Telegraph, for<em>&nbsp;&lsquo;White &amp; Black, A Journey to the Centre of Imperial Calcutta</em>&rsquo;.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">From his first visits to India in the 1980s, Taylor was struck by the country&rsquo;s architecture, particularly&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">fascinated by the once colonial capital of Calcutta, and the industrial centre Bombay, which for him&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">were windows into history, built on a heritage inherited from pre-Independence with buildings conceived&nbsp;by European architects. Intrigued by the palpable residue of colonialism, which appeared not just in&nbsp;architecture but also in organisational structures daily life, Taylor began his visual anecdotes of India&rsquo;s&nbsp;tumultuous history, focusing on the interiors of buildings with which he had a personal resonance.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">Rather than a documentation of a true past or history, Taylor&rsquo;s photographs propose an intuitive connection&nbsp;with his subject, triggering a fictitious memory of an imagined past, inspired and informed by the artist&rsquo;s&nbsp;own fascination with history and literature, as well as the viewer&rsquo;s residual memories. His approach to imagemaking&nbsp;avoids colour, with a focus on specific elements, characteristics and outwardly mundane details&nbsp;of the environment, all of which have a significance, but aren&rsquo;t necessarily or immediately descriptive.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">Taylor&rsquo;s photographs expose the transformed faces of what are the last redoubts of Colonial rule, where&nbsp;age and dramatic historical changes have mellowed their initial glamour and hauteur to a quiet dignity,&nbsp;which resists being disregarded or forgotten.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Opening and Preview: August 12th 2014, 7.00 pm - 9.00pm</span></strong></span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Exhibition continues from August 13th to August 31st 2014</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Monday to Saturday 10.30 am - 6.30 pm</span></p> <p><br /><strong><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Exhibit320</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">F- 320 Lado Sarai</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">New Delhi - 110030</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">+91 11 46130637</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Contact Annu Dey annu@tasveerarts.com / +91 9481886913</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:42:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list