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Interview | Artist Hajra Waheed On “Sea Change”, her India Debut Solo

Interview | Artist Hajra Waheed On “Sea Change”, her India Debut Solo | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"As children, most of us spent a large amount of time getting acquainted with our imagined realities. We developed grand vocabularies around these alternate places and people and narratives, and at times, even invited our friends in to explore these intimate spaces with us. I suppose in some ways I never stopped developing stories from that very place. Of course, my narratives have matured (at least I would hope so!) and are deeply influenced by my many lived experiences traversing borders, or rather, living among them. So many of us who live along these lines (either by choice or force) do go missing or disappear at times, just to re-emerge later. I am fascinated by those who — yes, dare to journey across the borders they once built for themselves. It takes courage to do so, to leave what you know in order to better understand what you don’t. “Sea Change” begins to explore the narratives around this very migration — one that is as much physical as it is psychological and/or emotional."


Work by Hajra Waheed
Interview by Rosalyn D'Mello | ArtInfo 

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A show not to be missed, at Kolkata's Experimenter's Gallery

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Exhibition in Kolkata | Natasha de Betak, Nightshade

Exhibition in Kolkata | Natasha de Betak, Nightshade | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"It is a disorienting and, at the same time, a curiously gripping experience to walk into Nightshade, an exhibition of photographs by Natasha de Betak, presented by Experimenter (February 17-March 31). The walls do not have a lot, yet the exhibition space seems intangibly stirred by dreams, fleeting memories and allusions generated by the photographs that are displayed. The photographs come from two series, Nightshade and Impulse, both born out of de Betak’s travels in India. It is as though the two sets explore the amorphous, shifting worlds that crowd into and around sleep — one gazing on sleep from the outside, as if to uncover its nature by presenting its real, yet mysterious, physicality, and the other inhabiting moments or wandering regions in dream and fancy, in memory, longing and fear..."

Bhaswati Chakravorty in The Telegraph

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