“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves.
With ‘Growing Like A Tree’ photographer Sohrab Hura embarked on a new journey as a curator as Ishrara Art Foundation, Dubai hosts his first curatorial undertaking. Making photography the entry-point, Hura has compiled the multifarious practices of his collaborators who are geographically located in different parts of South Asia. And “Together they create a space where multiple voices and experiences are brought into dialogue with one another, capturing dualities in which organic growth is matched with resource extraction, the archival is juxtaposed with the contemporary, and the magic of the mundane is seen through children’s eyes”, says the press-note.
Featuring Aishwarya Arumbakkam, Anjali House, Bunu Dhungana, Farah Mulla, Jaisingh Nageswaran, Katrin Koenning, Munem Wasif, Nida Mehboob, Nepal Picture Library, Reetu Sattar, Sarker Protick, Sathish Kumar, Sean Lee, Yu Yu Myint Than, and a citation of Dayanita Sing, the exhibition revolves around the keynotes such as memory, identity (physical, cultural and geopolitical) and family. Photography as a mode of freezing the ephemeral moments has entitled the artists to battle against their own vulnerabilities, as well as the dismay posed by the world out there.
‘Growing Like A Tree’ is Sohrab Hura’s ode to those friendships and associations that energise each other and grow together like a tree.
The exhibition continues through 20th May.
Picture courtesy of isharaartfoundation
Credit of Sohrab Hura’s portrait delhiphotofestival