PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION : Bodhi Arts presents "Bioscope : Scenes from an Eventful Life" by Ram Rehman at LKA - 2nd to 16th Feb 08 - Delhi Events
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PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION : Bodhi Arts presents "Bioscope : Scenes from an Eventful Life" by Ram Rehman at LKA - 2nd to 16th Feb 08

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  • Time : 11:00 am - 7:00 pm, Inauguration on 2nd Feb at 6:00 pm
  • Event Info : Bodhi Arts Gallery invites you to an exhibition by Ram Rahman 'Garbage - Urban Sprawl.
  • Bodhi Art is proud to present Bioscope: Scenes From an Eventful Life, photographs by Ram Rahman. Rahman’s major exhibition in Delhi comes after 20 years. He will be showing over 200 images spanning 30 years. Mostly in black and white, Rahman works in a documentary style and the exhibition showcases images which have been made as notations and observations of the changing times over the last three decades.
  • As Peter Nagy writes in the catalog :
  • “Ram’s camera has come to acknowledge a particular image of India’s cities, and
  • particularly Delhi. The strange (but not surreal) confluence of people, architecture, signage and activity that one finds in urban India fits easily into Ram’s viewfinder, while his compositional style savors the flattening, foreshortening and collapsing of perspectives that happens readily in the black-and-white print. Ram delights in the subtle absurdities to be found in these juxtapositions, exploiting the opportunity to discover something about what might make Indians tick. Raised and still based in New Delhi, India’s capital and political engine, Ram has a special interest in the symbols of politics as they enter popular culture, the highly visual markers of both parties and players that get mixed into the cacophony of the streets, revealing playful readings of the public Indian psyche.”
  • Coming of age in the 1980’s, Rahman has been an important figure in the generation of independent photographers who began to transform the photography scene in India, through his published work, exhibitions, critical writing and activism. He has shown his work around the world in both solo and group shows, including a solo at the Cleveland Museum of Arts. With his interest in our photography history, he curated a major retrospective of the mid-century photographer Sunil Janah in 1998 in New York.
  • With formal education in photography and photo-history from MIT and Yale in the 1970’s, Rahman was one of the generation of Indian photographers who were exposed to the photo culture of the US. With and architect father and a dancer mother, he grew up in the heart of the post-independence culture of Delhi and much of his work deals with the cultural milieu and personalities of those times.
  • “ In Ram’s work the patina of the city walls, graffiti and posters, hoarding and billboards – all components of an ephemeral visual culture, compete for attention. His language is in a sense anti-pictorial and an instinctive rejection of the cliché of eternal India. In building bodies of work on the political party and the social party, he compels a kind of opinion formation through the sheer act of viewership. Rahman presents himself as a commentator on class issues, even as he, with the same interjection of irony, enacts the role of witness and participant.” Gayatri Sinha
  • Rahman’s show will be in the Rabindra Bhavan Gallery, designed by his father Habib Rahman in 1961.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION : Bodhi Arts presents "Bioscope : Scenes from an Eventful Life" by Ram Rehman at LKA - 2nd to 16th Feb 08 PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION : Bodhi Arts presents "Bioscope : Scenes from an Eventful Life" by Ram Rehman at LKA  - 2nd to 16th Feb 08 Reviewed by Rohit Malik on Saturday, February 16, 2008 Rating: 5

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