Two exhibitions opening at AirSpace Projects on Friday 1 May 6.00-8.00pm
To be opened by Dr Diane Losche, UNSW | Art and Design,
after the Puja ceremony at 6.30pm.
Performance of Indian classical music by
Manbir Singh (vocal), Inderpreet Singh (vocal and harmonium) and Ranbir Singh (tabla).
We are thrilled to announce that Ajay Sharma is returning to Sydney from Jaipur for his second solo exhibition, Past Continuous, at AirSpace Projects. He will be exhibiting a unique series of works as well as paintings in the Indian miniature painting tradition.
In the series Past Continuous, Ajay Sharma expresses his love and respect for the wonderful legacy of traditions handed down by his ancestors: ‘It is still very much part of us, part of our culture and of our identity.’ Yet all around him Ajay Sharma is witness to the decay of these traditions and the destruction of the exquisite remnants of the past as India undergoes rapid modernisation and social change. His work provides a profound commentary on the collision of old and new and poses the question as to whether or not anything can be done to save this legacy.
Photographs by Kendal Heyes
This series takes its title from Freud’s term ‘screen memory’, used to describe a vivid but banal memory that functions to hide another, more traumatic one. The series also plays with other ideas related to screens and memory-images, and how one image can give rise to another through association. Screen Memories uses contemporary and historical photographs in a series in which images from different times and places interact, creating an interplay of narratives within the gallery space.
Top Image: Ajay Sharma, 2015. Image courtesy of the Artist.
Bottom Image: Kendal heyes, 2015. Image Coutesy of the Artist.