This exhibition features two absolutely amazing artists – Padma Shri Raghu Rai, the iconic, pioneering photographer from India and Revati Sharma-Singh, a contemporary Indian artist who divides her time between UK and India whose work is communicated through a range of mediums from large-scale canvasses to installations in wood, steel, fabric, gold and silver.
Raghu Rai has spent 5 decades capturing his homeland India and her many journeys. To sum up Rai and his intrinsic being, in his own beautiful quote – ‘When I go to a situation, I see something interesting, and I see the enormity and the size of it, and the complexity of it, and I say “Yes God, you’ve shown me this but it’s not enough for me.” So he says “Alright.” Th en I keep walking, then he shows me something more complex and bigger. I say “Yes God, It’s nice. But it’s still not enough for me.” So I go on and on and I don’t accept it, and then he knows this child of his is very demanding and restless. And then he opens up and shows me something I have never experienced before. Th en I take a picture and say “Thank you God.”.’ Raghu Rai is perhaps India’s best-known and exhibited photographer. He has a World Press Award to his name and countless accolades. Raghu Rai is truly India’s gift to humanity.
Revati Sharma Singh’s work carries a very strong social message. She is proudly Indian and has exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2015, Art Monaco, and at various exhibitions in India and UK. For this show, Revati began a journey towards a new series exploring a raw organic connection with nature - Th e nature of the self as well as that of the land depicted through her Grain/Seed series. Th e seed symbolising the start of not only thought but that of growth. Here she draws parallels to the inner world within us and the outer physical world surrounding us. Th e world within us, constantly craving more and leading to greed, hunger and loss, versus the outside reality where we are plagued by drought, famine and starvation.
In association with Aabru Art Group