‘Season 8' of renowned photographers
Andreas Volwahsen, Karen Knorr, Michael Kenna, Jyoti Bhatt and a collection of rare photographs by Women in Indian Photography 1850s-1950s'
India, August 5, 2013, Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacture with more than 250 years of uninterrupted history echoes its key values in India; a quest for excellence, respect for traditions and a calling to perpetuate the skills that combine virtuosity with precision by partnering Tasveer through its ‘Season 8' photography exhibitions in the country this year.
Brilliant works of the avant garde photographers such as Andreas Volwahsen, Karen Knorr, Michael Kenna, Jyoti Bhatt and a collection of rare photographs by Women in Indian Photography 1850s-1950s'explore how photographers and curators look back at the history of art and reinterpret it for the 21st century. The retrospective photographs in Tasveer's Season 8, illustrates and recalls the art, culture, heritage and architecture of India with an innovative vision.
There is a marked energy of modern India with a defined link to the past and to history, seen afresh. Taking you through a journey from the 13th century temples of Konark captured progressively by Andreas Volwahsen to Karen Knorr's staged juxtaposition of animals in old-glorious interiors giving photographs a classic yet contemporary emphasis. Along the way, the exhibitions explore the poetry of the natural landscapes of Asia over the years in the work of Michael Kenna; the folk traditions and aesthetics of rural India in the work of Jyoti Bhatt; and the changing representation of Indian women in a special collection showcasing women from the colonial era to Bollywood.
Seen individually these exhibitions are designed to address specific areas of visual culture and art history through the eyes of powerful voices from the world of photography. The complete range of photographs from Season 8 will travel through the year across Tasveer and its partner galleries in Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.
Vacheron Constantin can first trace their ties to the Indian market when it sold its first watch here in 1849, at around the same time that photography itself arrived on India's shores following its invention in Europe. Twenty years later, Jacques-Bathélémy Vacheron's grandson, John Roux, traveled to Mumbai for prospection. He returned to Geneva in 1872 with several orders in his briefcase. In the following years, many more fine watches were ordered by Maharajas and ruling elite. This was the golden age of travel, technical ingenuity and trade and therefore a time of great exchanges in the arts between Europe and the East. Indian clients were inspired by the precision and unmatched quality of Vacheron Constantin timepieces, and the enriched art and culture of India became an endless inspiration for the brand.
Each Vacheron Constantin timepiece houses a fragment of history – that of horology in particular, as well as more broadly that of art, culture and society. Photography and Horology share a common ground through their relationship with time. The advanced technical precision of both the camera and the watch are the result of techniques and procedures that have been passed down from generations and honed and adapted along the way. The levels of perfection now achieved in both these art forms are symbols of human ingenuity, achievement and refinement. It is, however, only when placed in the hands of those whose vision transcends their craft, that the most remarkable art works are produced be these photographs or timepieces.
Over the years, Vacheron Constantin has given its support to many international art and cultural institutions such as the Opéra National de Paris, the French Institut National des Métiers d'Art and Tasveer exhibitions in India. Two years ago ‘A Journey into the time of Maharajas' celebrated its association with princely India with an exclusive exhibition of rare photographs of Indian royalty followed by a showcase of ‘Divine Moments' captured by renowned photographer Raghu Rai last year.
Through its commitment to supporting art and culture, Vacheron Constantin demonstrates its openness to the world.
ABOUT THE TASVEER SEASON 8 ARTISTS:
Andreas Volwahsen's exhibition ‘Living Architecture' concentrates on architectural studies of some of India's most celebrated heritage sites. This subject matter is then subjected to the modernist treatment and artistic bent of the photographer, whose focus on form translates the buildings into abstractions as well as detailed studies.
Karen Knorr's exhibition ‘India Song' uses intricate Mughal interiors, often in Rajasthan, as the back drops for contemporary retellings of myths and legends. Within palaces, temples and tombs, we encounter animals picked from sanctuaries, jungles and folkloric narratives of India. The animals act to transform the atmosphere of the interiors and in doing so blur the boundaries between reality and illusion.
Michael Kenna's exhibition ‘A journey through Asia' brings the world's most celebrated landscape photographer to India for the first time. His photographs reference the landscape tradition in the history of art, whilst uncovering the poetry of the place in which he photographs, be it the backwaters of Kerala, the mountainous regions of China or the chilling forests of Japan.
Jyoti Bhatt's exhibition gives us a fresh insight into the vision of this important modern artist. Perhaps better known for his lithographs and prints, this exhibition reveals Bhatt's interest and inspiration in the folk arts and traditions of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The work is an important documents of these fast-changing cultures, as well an insight into the processes and inspirations of Bhatt's artistic practice itself.
The subject of women has been significantly absent from the history of photography in India. Tasveer seeks to readdress the balance in its exhibition ‘Changing the Subject: Women in Indian Photography 1850s-1950s'. The show will present over 80 photographs spanning the first 100 years of the medium. Along the way we see anthological photographs taken in the colonial era, high society portraits from the turn of the 20th century and the signs of changing attitudes towards the representation of women brought about by the film industry in the mid 20th century.
About Vacheron Constantin
Founded in Geneva in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the world's oldest watch manufacturer engaged in uninterrupted activity for over 250 years. Founders of the very spirit of technical and precious Fine Watchmaking, the men and women of Vacheron Constantin continue to design, develop and produce exceptional timepieces true to the brand's three fundamentals: perfectly mastered techniques, inspired and harmonious aesthetics, and an extremely high level of finishing.
Pursuing its longstanding ties with the world of art and culture, Vacheron Constantin is committed to fostering Artistic Crafts that play such a key role in contemporary creativity, while highlighting the excellence achieved by combining these talents with those of Design.
Tasveer is an organisation committed to the art of photography and photography as art. Dedicated to promoting and showcasing vintage, modern and contemporary photography, Tasveer has created a network of galleries between Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Since Tasveer's inaugural show in October 2006, over 100 exhibitions have been held throughout India, and the gallery has also participated in variety of exhibitions and art fairs abroad. Tasveer now represents many of the world's most celebrated living photographers as well as maintaining an evolving digital archive of photographic images through its website and at its head office in Bangalore.
Vacheron Constantin & Tasveer
SEASON 8 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE:
August 30 – September 20, 2013
September 23 – October 3, 2013
November 30 – December 10, 2013
February 8 – February 18, 2013