Darshan by Manjari Sharma. First edition (2019). First impression small hardback (one of 500) in new condition. #457 of this Nazraeli Press One Picture Book. Contains a signed by Manjari Sharma tipped-in print. No markings. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
So, Darshan is a series of photographically recreated, classical images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses that are pivotal to mythological stories in Hinduism. Most commonly used in the context of Hindu worship. Darshan is a sanskrit word that means “apparition” or a “glimpse.”
“Having left a ritual driven community in India, my move to the U.S. then provoked an enormous cultural shift. And so it was this cultural paralysis that motivated me to use my one medium of worship. The camera – to study, construct and also deconstruct the mythologies of my land. The goal was to turn multidimensional memories of sculptures and also ornamental paintings of Hindu Gods, into 2D photographs. For centuries, the way that we have experienced darshans is via laying gaze upon a molded figure, a carved statue or an illustration that represents a likeness to avatars described in Hindu scripture. This series of images invites the viewer to consider a photograph as means of spiritual engagement.” — Manjari Sharma
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