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Project 88 is pleased to present Chirodeep Chaudhuri’s solo exhibition\, A VILLAGE IN BENGAL.
What is closest to us is hardest to see and even harder to show. Mumbai-based photographer Chirodeep Chaudhuri photographed his ancestral village in Bengal for twelve years\, visiting an nually during the festival of Durga Pujo. Threading a subtle narrative\, th is collection invites us to behold the story of rural India as it has unspo oled in a village in Bengal. These exhilarating\, pristine photographs are animated by the rhythms of rural life – the splendid feeling of being in th e countryside\, the rush of festivities\, the joyful gathering of family\, the small inconveniences\, and the contrast implicit therein with urban suf ficiency and insularity. We see\, through picture after picture of incredib le poise and poignancy\, a portrait that is deeply intimate. The photograph s look as if arranged in a private family album but stun as only a photogra pher working at the peak of his intellectual power and finesse might. In an accompanying essay Chaudhuri describes the difficult and slippery process of evolving a visual language that satisfies him\, one which incorporates t he dazzling effect of memory but is rid of nostalgia and eschews prettiness \, which denies the camera its urge to show itself. The two complementary e ssays – photographic and prose – guide us elegantly through the complicated process by which we see\, store and air again the unutterably fragile expe rience of ‘home’.
CHIRODEEP CHAUDHURI’s photographs appear in a number of influential anthologies\, including Bombay\, Meri Jaan: Writings on Mum bai (2003)\, Bombay: The Cities Within (2001) and Fort Walks: Around Bombay ’s Fort Area (1999). He is the editor of photography of ‘Mumbai Now’\, the contemporary section of the much admired Bombay Then\, Mumbai Now (2009). H is work has also been exhibited in India and abroad and is part of the coll ections of the Museum of Fine Arts\, Houston\, Texas and Peabody Essex Muse um\, Salem\, Massachusetts\, both in the USA\, and Kiyosato Museum of Photo graphic Arts\, Japan and various private collections in India.
He has been a part of the photography teams of various media organizations in Indi a such as the Sunday Observer\, the Outlook Group\, traveljini.com and till recently worked as Editor of Photography and Design Director for the India n editions of the international arts and culture magazine Time Out. He also teaches photojournalism at Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai\, where he lives. He is currently working on a book on the fastdisappearing world of the manu al typewriter.
Chirodeep Chaudhuri will be in conversation with Sooni Taraporewala discussing his book at Blue Frog Media Pvt Ltd\, Todi &\; C o Compound\, Lower Parel\, Mumbai 400013 on Tuesday 26 March\, 2013 at 5.30 pm

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