On March 20, photographer Bharat Sikka, who has shot many a fashion editorial for VogueIndia, had a one-evening-only show in one of the cement shell buildings of Bandra’s Mehboob Studios as part of the Mumbai Focus Photography Festival
A series of new works titled ‘Matter’ presented by Gallery Nature Morte was installed and people attended in numbers acting on the information that viewers would become part of it by being photographed by Sikka at the installation itself.
‘Matter’ is Sikka’s personal (“urban, educated, middle-class and self-conscious”) perspective on anIndiathat’s dealing with the consequences of rapid globalization and development.
Sikka creates a Gestalt impression of the “new”India, “an ancient culture slamming up against contemporary realities, working across formats — studio, street, landscape and portrait photography, the abandoning of clichéd bright hues ofIndiain favour of blacks, greys, whites and silvers.”
Sikka said that “‘Matter’ is a visual record of the many things that come my way. From photographing the ordinary, to the dead and the alive, these images constitute things that evoke an impulsive emotion in me.”
“They do not only merely determine the state of my mind, but also challenge the way I perceive my surroundings. Each of these images has their own story or perhaps none at all. From an impetuous decision of jotting a word down, to rather lifting my camera and making that picture, I am writing and making notes while also making images.”
Mumbai’s art, film and fashion fraternities participated in the show. VogueIndiawas represented with Fashion Features Director Bandana Tewari, Art Director Jolie WH and fashion stylist Sharon Crawford.
Arjun Rampal, Arunodhay Singh, Rajkumar Hirani and Poorna Jagannathan were present in the Bollywood corner.
The Focus Photography Festival team led by Matthieu Foss, along with Chanel’s Marielou Phillips, stylist Gary Robert Wallang, Mukul Deora, gallery owner and curator Shireen Gandhy and Amitabh Nanda were a few names attending the event.
Mattershow.com will document and update the collection of images for next year.