ARTIST SERIES

Manjari Sharma, Katelyn
Katelyn
Manjari Sharma, Ron
Ron
Manjari Sharma, Anastasia
Anastasia
Manjari Sharma, Sal 4
Alex W1
Manjari Sharma, Jacqueline Bovaird
Jacqueline
Manjari Sharma, Alexander Ring
Alex
Manjari Sharma, Nana Hammond
Nana
Manjari Sharma, Rafeal Soldi
Rafael
Manjari Sharma, Agnes Gunawan
Agnes
Anastasia
Chad
Manjari Sharma, Jacqueline Bovaird
Jacqueline 2
Anastasia
Brian
Manjari Sharma, Anahit Pogosian 2
Anahit
Manjari Sharma, Ron Mapis
Ron 2
Manjari Sharma, Elizabeth Doughty
Elizabeth
Manjari Sharma, Manjari Sharma Self Portrait
Manjari
Manjari Sharma, Roberto
Roberto
Manjari Sharma, Sal 3
Ben
Manjari Sharma, Aarti
Aarti
Manjari Sharma, Amanda May
Amanda
Manjari Sharma, Brian Pineda
Brian 2
Manjari Sharma, Alexandra
Alexandra
Manjari Sharma, Robert
Robert
Manjari Sharma, Anahit Pogosian
Anahit 2
Manjari Sharma, Alex W2
Alex W2
Manjari Sharma, Sally 3
Lola 1
Manjari Sharma, Sal
Sal
Manjari Sharma, Untitled
Nailah
Manjari Sharma, Tim Carpenter
Tim
Manjari Sharma, Shower Series
Lola
Manjari Sharma, Amelia
Amelia
Manjari Sharma, Jennifer
Jennifer
Manjari Sharma, Anastasia
Anastasia 2

Manjari Sharma writes: “For the last few months I have been inviting people to visit my apartment and allow me to photograph them in a very intimate space—my bathroom.  I have also been inviting them to take a shower as I continue to shoot them.  I soon came to the observation that warm water running over my subjects’ bodies often relieved them of any unnerving awkwardness the camera brought about.  Once they were relaxed, the bathroom—formerly a beauty parlor—now became a confessional, and I—the hairdresser.  Many of my subjects shared intimate details of their lives with me, and every new person in the shower became a brand new allegory.  With every new visit, I had a new protagonist—a new plot and a new parable of hurt and heroic that came came undone under that shower (my shower).  I felt a personal mythology was being shared—an independent study that I got addicted to.

“Secretly I have been told by my subjects that it is thrilling and adventuresome to be in my shower. Secretly cheating my traditional and tame Indian upbringing, I live through all of my subjects—fighting their wars and braving their fears for those few hours where we are connected through this pious space.  I continue to investigate this enthralling photo project, which has thus far given rise to some of the fastest, most disarming relationships I have ever formed.  I look forward to these images leading the way as the project continues.”

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