Manjari Sharma, Maa Laxmi
Maa Laxmi
Manjari Sharma, Vishnu
Lord Vishnu
Manjari Sharma, Kali
Maa Kali
Manjari Sharma, Lord Brahma
Lord Brahma
Manjari Sharma, Maa Saraswati
Maa Saraswati
Manjari Sharma, Lord Hanuman
Lord Hanuman
Manjari Sharma, Maa Durga
Maa Durga
Manjari Sharma, Lord Ganesha
Lord Ganesha
Manjari Sharma, Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva
Manjari Sharma, Darshan Installation Image
Exhibition Image (Photograph by Randhy Rodriguez)
Manjari Sharma, Darshan Installation Image
Exhibition Image (Photograph by Randhy Rodriguez)
Manjari Sharma, Darshan Installation Image
Exhibition Image (Photograph by Randhy Rodriguez)

September 12 – October 12, 2013

Artist’s reception:
Thursday, September 12, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

ClampArt is happy to present “Darshan: Photographs by Manjari Sharma,” the artist’s first solo show in New York City.

“Darshan” is a Sanskrit word meaning “vision” or “view,” and is most commonly used in the context of Hindu worship. It can also be translated as an “apparition” or a “glimpse.” One may seek and receive the Darshan of a deity, and upon sight, that Darshan may invoke an immediate connection between that deity and the devotee. A Darshan can ultimately be described as an experience purposed on helping one focus and call out to his or her sense of spirituality.

“Darshan” is a series that aims to photographically recreate various classical images of Gods and Goddesses pivotal to mythological stories in Hinduism. Printed on a massive scale, these photographs are presented at ClampArt in an elaborate installation that closely mimics the experience of a Hindu temple, complete with incense, lamps, and invocations.

Historically, Hindu deities have been depicted endlessly through painting and sculpture. However, portraying these Gods and Goddesses photographically is what makes Sharma’s project so unique. To make imagery for the series, exhaustive research on each character
leads to the assemblage of a team of approximately thirty-five Indian craftsmen who create props, sets, prosthetics, make-up, costumes, and jewelry to the artist’s exacting specifications. These shoots rival the production standards of a motion picture film in both complexity and budget. The final photographs are not the product of extensive digital manipulation through Photoshop, but rather are primarily straight images planned in-camera made with extreme patience, perseverance, and an elaborate vision.

Manjari Sharma (b. 1979) is a photographer born and raised in Mumbai, India, now based in Brooklyn, New York. She has a BA in Visual Communication from S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai, and a BFA in Still Photography from Columbia College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. Her images have appeared in such publications as “Forbes India Magazine,” “Vogue India,” and “Geo Magazine,” and online at NPR, “The New York Times,” The Huffington Post, “PDN,” and “Life Magazine.” Sharma received an honorable mention for the prestigious Santa Fe Prize in 2012, and she was invited as a “Shots and Works” artist for LOOK 3: Festival of the Photograph in 2013.

This exhibition is generously supported by LTI/Lightside Photographic Services. LTI Lightside Logo

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