30 January 2015 – 20 March 2015
Timing: 10 am - 6 pm everyday
Photographer and installation artist, Samar Singh Jodha’s recent exploration is a visual disquisition on the contemporary global culture in which individual aesthetic notions are framed by commercial interests, and homogenised by mass media to the extent that spontaneous individual expressions often emerges as accidental bi-product. Jodha highlights this unusual state of affairs via a pictorial trope of discarded containers fashioned into habitat by miners in India’s North-east. The fact that he foregrounds his work with people known to excavate precious minerals from the earth’s womb to keep the engines of the same mass culture and industry running, adds poignant irony to his endeavour. In deploying photographic imagery to create intersecting narratives, Jodha summons a visual discourse that is rooted in documentary practice, yet scarcely mimetic of that art form. The sliver of optimism in the work is a notion that art-making is too precious a gift to be restricted only to the virtuoso.GO TO GALLERY >>
Samar Singh Jodha is an artist who has been using photography and film to address issues like development, human rights and conservation for over the last two decades. His work has been showcased in galleries and museums worldwide. Among his eminent works are: Bhopal – A Silent Picture, a 40-foot art installation showcased during the Summer Olympics, and part of Rome's Piazza Della Repubblica public art project on the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal. Phaneng, his award winning portraiture project about the disappearing Tai Phake, a Buddhist tribe in India’s North-east. Jodha’s eight-year long project on ageing in India remains the single biggest social communication project in terms of output and outreach in India. Showcased at Whitechapel Gallery, London and Fotomuseum, Zurich.