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May 05, 2015

Through the Ages

Text by Huzan Tata. Photos courtesy Tasveer

Explore death, religion and memory through Saibal Das’ latest exhibition of monochrome images

What is religion? Where do we go after death? Is there such a thing as spiritual power? If the philosopher in you has pondered over these questions, Saibal Das’ latest exhibition, Before the Birth of Time, is sure to pique your interest.

Das, who began his career as a photojournalist, has captured through his lens some of the most significant yet shrouded pilgrimage sites, spiritual ideologies and religious practices of India. The monochrome images will take you through the banks of Varanasi to portraits of monks and sadhus, and trace the various customs of our land. Says the press note for the show, ‘Das’ photographs therefore function as a visual critique questioning and provoking our prevailing notions of reality, memory, the finality of death and the legitimacy of material existence, with an aesthetic reminiscent of the subconscious rather than the conscious’.

Saibal Das – Before the Birth of Time is organised by Tasveer and forms part of the gallery’s 9th season of exhibitions, in partnership with Vacheron Constantin.

Before the Birth of Time is on display at Tasveer, Bengaluru (Sua House, 26/1 Kasturba Cross Road) until May 15, 2015.

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