Tasveer is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition of Michael Kenna's work in India, as part of its seventh season of exhibitions in partnership with Vacheron Constantin.
Kenna is one of the world’s foremost landscape photographers, who has earned international recognition for his timeless, minimalist imagery. In his 40 year career, he has published over fifty books and monographs and exhibited in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. His photographs are included in over 100 permanent collections, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and MoMA San Francisco. This will be his first solo exhibition in India.
The exhibition presents 48 black and white photographs, taking us on a journey through Asia, across the landscapes of India, Thailand, Vietnam, China, South Korea and Japan. From the Huangshan mountains in China to the Kerala backwaters, Kenna’s enigmatic, meditative landscapes explore mood and atmosphere before, after and between events. Within these, the viewer’s imagination is invited to contemplate, to seek out even the faintest of human interventions; traces, evidence, footprints, history, memories and demonstrate Kenna’s ‘passion, almost addiction or love affair’ with the land.
‘My consistent interest lies in the relationship, juxtaposition, even the confrontation between the landscape and everything that we place in it. Memories, traces, footprints, the latent atmosphere of a place is my true subject matter’.
Instantly entranced by Japan from his first visit in 1987, Kenna found a deep sense of history and intimacy in the terrain of eastern landscapes. Through his subsequent trips to Asia his photography continues to explore the latent atmosphere of a place.
He has returned to Asia time and again. The 48 black and white photographs in this show, are part of an ongoing project, depicting his ‘passion, almost addiction or love affair’ with the land, he likes the connections that take him from one time in his life to another and back again. These photographs explore the relationship, juxtaposition, and interaction between the landscape and the structures that humans leave on the landscape. They are complex in their simplicity, inviting the viewer to use their imagination, to create their own stories and dramas.