Jugaad | Lights, camera, metaphysics: photography and performance, twice. | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Tolstoy famously wrote in 1896 that art 'is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them.' There was a great deal of skepticism among the late Romantics as to whether photography carried the potential for this sort of affective communication—its indexical candor seemed to belong to the world of matter, not spirit. But this two-part series of self-portraits by Sher-gil, titled 'Moods of Metaphysical Emotions,'makes a game attempt, overwhelming any superficial naturalism with meticulous staging and, in the process, communicating something of the ineffable activity of contemplation, by making visible what is otherwise hidden, and imaging the self in action..."