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Prabir Purkayastha



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Photographs by Prabir Purkayastha
 Online show
 13th April 2010 - 30th April 2010


Return to Eden
 Presented by Art Alive Gallery
 20th August 2009 - 31st August 2009
 Art Alive Gallery
S-221, Panchsheel Park
New Delhi - 110017



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Statement

Return to Eden

Eden. Mystical. And, mythical. A hidden biblical paradise, a holy wilderness where Creation began and Paradise was lost. Where divided divinity arose and whispered of dark forces?..and the wrath of God. Eden?. always a seductive mirage?..forever glinting and reflecting our personal journey of life and death.

Secretly we all want to travel back to this ancient space we all came from. Each and everyone of us. Genetically profiled we are lonely beasts of burden programmed to navigate through life, and death, back to our ?promised land?. We seek this lost Paradise with every breath that we draw and with each beat of our failing heart. We seek, with devastating futility of mortals, and in physical terms and spiritual longings this magical garden. Never realizing that the fruit of our endless struggle lies deep within us. Between the empty spaces of our heartbeat.

?Return to Eden? is a conceptual journey which traces the lonely path back to our genesis. It attempts to tell us the story, of an age-old secret, that we all seek so desperately. This visual spectrum softly imprints itself onto our sub-consciousness?.. making us question, and wonder, if this is what it was like in the very Beginning.

This seamless visual tapestry juxtaposes and explores an ancient mythical event with our hidden ghosts. Three visual chapters - ?Creation?, ?Temptation? and ?Flight? - compel the viewer to ?Return to Eden?. And, the range of emotions, the pictures aspire to evoke, is not a roller coaster ride but a serene stroll through this magical garden. And, through ourselves.

The visual journey begins with ?Creation?.

?Creation? picturises how our Earth came into being??and presents through natural colour, the possible sights of creation that must have greeted the eyes of Adam & Eve. ?Water? and ?Light?, the omnipresent elements that played a major role in our creation, are used to express the primordial energies that created us all. And, ?Creation? extends the boundaries of conventional perception by presenting visual vignettes of the unexpected and the unknown.

?Temptation?, the central part of this visual drama, projects the dark side of life. This darkness, that even god failed to conceal, is manifested in the metaphoric and symbolic manifestations of the three main protagonists of Eden?..Adam, Eve and Lucifer. Each had a purpose to be in that garden. And each was the raison-a-deter for the others existence. And, Good & Evil seemed to co-exist happily. But, even at the very beginning all was not what it seemed to be in the promised land.

In ?Temptation?, Eve?s ethereal softness and beauty is reflected in the earthy wonders that she must have collected as she strolled through this magical garden. Her story, sad, and yet pure, is expressed through the stark fragility of nature. Like the lotus bloom that one day must wither she too was destined to give up Eden.

?Adam?, the beloved, witnessed the joy of creation in all of life that surrounded him and Eve. The fish in the water or the strange headed garuda in the dark forest?..all creatures, great and small, reflected the precious life that he was blessed with. His act of defiance was his love for Eve. And like all creatures of Eden he too had to perish for this act of pure passion.

?Lucifer?, a force greater than even that of the Creator, is a darkness that we can never escape. It is ours to suffer till the very end of time. And the night time, which we all love so much, and yet secretly fear, is the mantle of this dark force. His barren beauty bathed in the softness of moonbeams ?will lay your soul to waste?.

?Temptation? juxtaposes the conflicting energies that exist within us all. In its renditions, in black & white, the light and the darkness, or call it the good & the evil, confront the viewer and engulf the senses. Is it the unseen serpent coiling itself around our sub-consciousness? Or, is it the oasis of light in this sea of darkness? Only the viewer can experience the answer.

?Flight?, the final visual chapter, captures the fall from grace. And yet, in this eternal loss, it also conceptually projects the freedom from the prison of life. The loss of Eden and the subsequent flight from Paradise is expressed in the flight of birds. The early morning mist veils the pain of our lonely ancestors as they bid goodbye to their enchanting Eden. Just as we must someday to this life.

Finally, ?Return to Eden? is a glimpse of joy, as we, like the fleeing birds, move on to a better world beyond the one that we called home.

Biography

Born in 1952, in central India, Prabir traveled and schooled across India. After graduating, in English Literature, from the University of Delhi, he left for Thailand where he worked from ?73 till ?80- initially as a space Retailing executive, for the Thompson Group of newspapers, and later as a special reports editor for Thailand?s leading business publication- ?Business in Thailand?.

Returning to India in ?80 he began his career in advertising and worked for over two decades in India?s leading advertising agencies ? Everest(DY&R), Ogilvy & Mather, Clarion(Bates International) and, for over a decade, with the Mudra Group (DDB) as President & Executive Director. In 1991, while in Clarion, he handled the print media, for the general election campaign, of the Congress party, and worked closely with the late Mr Rajiv Gandhi.

Prabir has been photographing Ladakh ? for the past 15 years, and Assam during the last 5 years. He is currently photographing Kolkata, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

He was awarded The Habitat Award for best Photography Exhibition for 2002. His Interglobe calendar, for 2003, was awarded gold at the SAPPI Asian Awards for Printing.

In the summer of 2004 he held talk shows of his pictures of Ladakh, in various cities of California. And, in 2005, he presented a picture talk show, of his unique wall mural photography of Ladakh, at the Rubin Museum of Arts, New York.

In April, 2005, he published his award winning picture book, ?Ladakh?, which took almost a decade to photograph and write, with endless months of traveling on foot, jeeps, trucks and horsebacks. ?Ladakh? has been crtically acclaimed by art critics and the Indian media and has won the prestigious Gold, at the federation of Master Printers Awards Ceremony in Mumbai, India.

In 2006 his work on Ladakh won the coveted international B/W photography Magazine Spotlight Award. His book ?Ladakh? won the silver at the SAAPI awards in Jakarta and was voted ?Book of the month?, by Better Photography (UK) in July 2006. ?Ladakh? was launched, along with a showing of his pictures, by Prestel & Bamford, in London, in Oct 2006.

During the past few years Prabir has held critically acclaimed solo exhibitions in New York, Chicago, London, Katonah, Los Angles, New Delhi & Mumbai. His pictures of Ladakh have been exhibited, by Fuji Films, in Cologne, Germany. In India he has participated in group shows sponsored by Fuji Films.

Prabir?s work is held internationally, by private and corporate collectors, and has been featured in B&W magazine, Silvershotz, Artnews and in various other magazines and newspapers.

Prabir has been nominated for the international Prix Pictet 2009 Award. He has been selected as one of the Super Six Photographers, for 2009, by Fuji Film, India.

Prabir currently resides in Gurgaon (New Delhi suburb), India.


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