Vasantha Yogananthan: AMMA
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An exhibition of works by Vasantha Yogananthan (b.1985, France), completing his long-term body of work inspired by the Indian legend of The Ramayana, A Myth of Two Souls (2013-2021).
AMMA (‘Mother’ in Tamil language) is the seventh and last chapter of Yogananthan’s ambitious long-term project. First recorded by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 BC, the epic tale The Ramayana has been continuously rewritten and reinterpreted and still continues to evolve today. In his work, Yogananthan draws inspiration from the imagery associated with the myth and its pervasiveness in everyday Indian life, retracing the legendary route from north to south India and offering a modern retelling of the tale.
The last chapter of the project, AMMA, is centered around the princess Sita and deals with the concept of ‘purity’. The pictures composing AMMA take us from the seacoast of Sri Lanka, to the city of Ayodhya to the jungle of Bihar, India. Composed exclusively of colour prints hand-painted by the artist with inks and acrylic gouache, their chromatic scale recreate a world where civilization gradually disappears to leave room to a purely metaphysical space.
Working exclusively in analogue, using large or medium format cameras that intentionally slow down the creative process, Yogananthan’s projects are generally developed over long periods of time and harness a distinctive colour palette based on natural light. Juxtaposing colour and hand-painted photography, AMMA interweaves fictional and historical stories, old and new traditions and offers a lyrical photographic reimagining of a classic tale and sits somewhere between documentary, fiction, mythology and reality.
Since Yogananthan’s first solo exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in 2018, he has been awarded the Prix Camera Clara (2018), the Rencontres d’Arles Photo-Text Book Award (2019), as well as the prestigious title of 2019 laureate of Immersion: a program by the Foundation d’enterprise Hermes. Yogananthan will carry out a residency in the USA in 2021 and exhibit his work at the SFMOMA (USA) and the Foundation Henri Cartier Bresson (France) in 2022.
Prints available for acquisition in varying sizes, from £2250 + vat including frame