The Front Room gallery is proud to present an exhibition of photographs by the collaborative team Sasha Bezzubov and Jessica Sucher. "The Searchers" examines various aspects of Western spiritual tourism in India and features large scale photographs taken at sites including the Osho Meditation Resort in Pune, the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, and the Mahabodi Temple in Bodh Gaya. Bezzubov and Sucher investigate the lure of India's rich religious history in utopian communities, yoga centers, and meditation retreats that cater to Western seekers. Engaging with the visitors of these locations and immersing themselves in the subculture of spiritual experimentation, Bezzubov and Sucher create spatially astounding images that encompass the visual strangeness and cultural collisions of this phenomenon. "The Searchers" consists of several series of photographs that present these themes through portraiture, landscape and abstraction.
"The Searchers" builds on concepts developed through the artists' previous work, "Expats and Natives" (Bezzubov and Sucher) and "The Gringo Project" (Bezzubov). These projects focus on the expanding population of young Western travelers who visit the developing world, their relationship with their host country, and how this this type of tourism relates to larger questions of history, economy, race, and idealism.
Sasha Bezzubov and Jessica Sucher have been collaborating since 2002. Their work merges their shared interests in the politics of tourism and pilgrimage, and has led them to Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Cambodia and Thailand. In 2006, they spent a year photographing in India on a Fulbright Scholarship Award for their project "The Searchers". Bezzubov and Sucher's work has been exhibited in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and The Netherlands.