Phurpu Tsering Gurung's photographic world stands between poetry and story telling.
“I have been waiting for change, to feel it, to be it, to express it. But the agony of fear stays with me.
The past will not be forgotten, it’s been a lesson, I have learnt to be here, in this reality.
There is duality in seeing something that is not solely what it seems to be.
We hear what we like to hear. We see what we like to see.”
“The series is about my mother who lives in exile. She dreams about freedom and space, and she yearns for a change in her world.“
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” Haruki Murakami
About the photographer
Phurpu Tsering Gurung is a freelance photographer prviously based in Kathmandu. He took part in a workshop conducted by two renowned Bangladeshi photographers organized by Photo.Circle on “Visual Storytelling”. It inspired and motivated him to go further into street photography and visual story telling.
Phurpu produced two stories with Photo.Circle, on internal-migrant workers, in Bangladesh, while attending “The International Reportage Making Workshop”, and later in Nepal. In 2012, his Bengali story was the subject of a digital exhibition at the Bakery Café in Kathmandu. His Nepalese story was exhibited at the Nepal Art Council and published in the book “The Constant Change” along with 11 photo stories from Nepal.
Phurpu lives in New York.
Image ark Gallery, Patan, Nepal, February 2013.
Black & White photos printed on canvas, and mounted on framework.
Mark my Words
Mark my Words, by Casper Johansson
Manipulated images, fractions of a context and repetition of words thousands of times – and you start to get the whole picture. The exhibition Mark my words at Image Ark Gallery tells stories of everyday struggles in a rapidly changing society. It is an extract of endless conversations, visualized with words, where the perception of the image conflicts with the message. The result is an illustrated debate where images, words and symbols coexist. With inkpads and alphabetic rubber stamps, using multiple layered stencils, Casper’s art can be defined as ‘retouched realism’. Silent shouts embedded in elements of hope, struggle and resistance.
Mark my words is a prolonged testimony of the transformation in Myanmar/Burma and an extension of the exhibition A thousand words says more than a picture.
About the artist
Casper Johansson aka Cap is an autodidact visual artist and graffiti drop-out. Between 2007 and 2013 he was living and working in Myanmar/Burma. With several successful solo and group exhibitions and various collaborative projects with an emerging generation of Myanmar artists he has now left the country. However, his work on documenting, commenting and portraying contemporary Myanmar/Burma continues. He is currently living in Sweden and working from his studio Duelling Banjos.
Image Ark Gallery, Patan, Nepal, November 2013.
Uni / She
Uni, SHE, by Uma Bista
SHE remains SILENT.
SHE is HAPPY with small things.
SHE ENCOURAGES all.
That is why SHE is,
loving and daring,
caring and protecting goddess,
SHE is more than a mere word. SHE is multiple. SHE plays different roles in our life and fully dedicates herself to each of them. The title "uni, SHE " relates to all things around us, like the river where SHE washes her sorrow, and draws the courage to flow again and again, whatever the hardships. SHE also relates to white floating clouds moving here and there, spreading love and care wherever SHE reaches. And the love SHE gives her two families, the one SHE was born to, and the one SHE marries. In our male dominated society, HE is the subject and the leading character while SHE is taken as an object, as “other”. Men and women are equal, because both are equally important to each other. SHE always remains silent, but it does not mean that SHE does not have any dream. SHE always smiles but it does not mean SHE does not suffer from stress. However, SHE wants to share happiness with all, and remains satisfy with herself.
About the photographer
Uma Bista is a photojournalist and documentary photographer currently working with two Nepalese leading daily newspapers, The Himalayan Times and the Annapurna Post.
Born and raised in Suntakhan, Kathmandu, she dreamt of becoming a nurse as a child. But in grade 12, a compulsory participation in a photography course changed her life as she passionately fell in love with the profession. She took part in workshops conducted by renowned photographers: Jodi Bieber, Frederic Lecloux, Mads Nissen, Frank Fourner and Morten Krogvold organized by Photo Circle in Nepal and in Bangladesh. In 2011 and 2012 Uma won the Mega Bank Photo Competition in the Photo Story Category. Her works have been displayed in various exhibitions: "Kathmandu, Kathmandu", "The Constant Change", "Mega Bank Photo Exhibition", and Chobi Mela VII in Dhaka in 2013. She was published in the books “The Constant Change” and “Nepal The Land of Contrast”. Uma produced stories on the Single Woman theme that have been published in book form and featured in daily newspapers. She also worked on the theme of Women Studying.
Image Ark Gallery, Patan, Nepal, June 2013.
Color photos printed on Canson paper, framed, or mounted on cardboard.
Trading Paint, by Julian Parker-Burns
Julian Parker-Burns art is about universal interconnection: the desire to see an environment or event from all sides all at once, and being in touch with that synchronous moment – the omniscient participant. When gazing at a stream, he is not just fascinated with the water as it flows by, but also where it has come from, where it is going, and what other streams intersect. Through the compiling, cutting and layering of photographs and hand applying pigments, he creates visions of converging moments of time, space and the psyche. He strives for that point of intersection where the physical and the mental planes converge into the extraordinary moment of the “new experience”. For it is when we are presented with a seemingly fresh set of circumstances that we are forced into leaving our expectations behind and a unique side of ourselves is then revealed. From this experience of clarity or insight we may connect with ourselves, each other and our environment in a more genuine manner.
Process of creation
Julian’s images are captured during his commutes and regular visits to his favorite locations – he sees the same places and people in many different lights over a period of time. He will create a montage of his photographs by intuitively pairing and combining complementary moments to form a working composition. He then prints overlapping sections from a digital image, and affixes them to a primed wood panel using an acrylic medium. In the next step, the artist will refine his images with pastel, pencil and paint to infuse the energy that is lacking in the mechanized elements (camera, computer or printer) of the process. He may then further alter the composition by introducing photographic elements, or add more layers of colour pigment, lines or texture. Julian’s creation is complete when he feels that the line between photograph and hand-applied pigment has been blurred thus challenging conventions of space and physics.
About the artist
Julian attended in 1988 a semester program at The Aegean Center for Fine Art, on the Greek island of Paros. He then enrolled at UMASS at Amherst for a BFA in Painting with a year overseas at the Exeter College of Art and Design in Devon, England. He graduated from UMASS in 1994 cum laude.
Image Art Gallery, Patan, Nepal, January 2014.
"The Big One"
Mix Media, 69x103x5cm, 27x40x2in
Mix Media, 30.5x30.5x5cm, 12x12x2in
Opening at Image Ark Art Gallery with special guest, Ragini Upadhyay
Mix Media, 15x30x5cm, 6x11.75x2in
Maanko Aakha / Windows of my Heart
Windows of my Heart, by Painter and Poet Erina Tamrakar
Behind every window hides a story. From far away, one window may shine as bright as light. Behind every window, breathes a life Windows are not mere windows Bright windows speak of life I will not say of dark windows that life deserted them Behind each, bright or dark, lies a tale Of ancient times and of today.
Windows of my Heart is an adventurous and playful journey in 100 paintings between the outside world and the realm of the innerself. Traditional ornate windows, rickety openings in the wall, and shutters of all kinds are a metaphor for the way we interact with the world.
About the artist
Erina Tamrakar is a visual artist with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Tribhuwan University, Nepal. Her paintings have focused on women and their relationships that convey a strong commentary on society and surrounding. Erina is the co-founder of Kasthamandap Art Studio and E-Arts Nepal. In addition to her 15 solo exhibitions in Nepal and Korea, her works have been exhibited in many National and International galleries since 1990 including France, Tibet, India, Sri Lanka, South Korea, USA, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Dubai and Bhutan. In 2008, she received a fellowship from Korea National University of Arts in South Korea. She was awarded the third and first prize in the 2000 and 2005 National Art Exhibitions and was awarded the Gold Medal in 2008 from Arniko Yuwa Sewa Kosh. She received the “Young Achiever’s Award 2011 by Today’s Youth Asia and awarded Old Wing, Chinichi News Paper Japan. She was awarded the Master Tej Bahadur Chitrakar and Bhadra Kumari Ghale awards in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Erina Tamarakar's works belongs to several private collections around the world.
Erina is an executive member of the “JK Art Museum”, Pokhara, Nepal and a member of the “Artist's Society of Nepal”, the “Prashanta Memorial Society”, and the “Women Artists Group of Nepal”.
HASARDS est une invitation au voyage. En flânant le long des images on suit le cours d’un rêve, d’une interprétation sans contingence de ce qui nous entoure. Est-ce parce qu’Anne vient d’une île que ses photographies semblent imprégnées d’eau ? Sous toutes ces formes et ses reflets, l’élément vital y tient le premier rôle, sans jamais vraiment se mettre à nu. Pluie, cours d’eau, océan, eau stagnante ou purifiante, subtilement suggéré, absente ou dévoilé, cet univers aquatique reflète les vagues de l’âme. Mélange d’authenticité, de réalisme, de sensibilité et de poésie, cette exposition marque le passage de l’artiste vers une autre phase de son existence. Savoir se défaire de ce qui n’est pas nécessaire pour aller à l’essentiel, le bonheur.
De l’instamatic de Manouche à son appareil numérique en passant par l’argentique, le développement, le tirage et d’autres formes d’expression encore, Anne Gautrain confectionne depuis son plus jeune âge des images. Elle travaille pendant 6 ans auprès d’Alain Samzun, talentueux et fameux photographe de Belle-Isle, ce qui lui permet d’évoluer techniquement et d’affiner ses envies visuelles. Anne part une année au Château de Montvillargène à Chantilly suivre les cours de photo du CREAR. Elle en ressort avec un œil plus aguerri encore et un brevet de technicien de labo et d’image.
À cette même époque, elle présente à la Citadelle Vauban une série de portraits de vieux Bellilois. Subtilement photographiés, chacun des personnages témoigne d’une histoire qui se lit au fil des lignes que le temps lui a imprimé sur fond d’yeux étincelants. Tiré sur papier baryté, cet élégant ensemble se marie à merveille avec la majesté de la forteresse Vauban.
L’admiratrice de Mary Ellen Mark, Man Ray ou Salgado parmi tant d’autres, va poser son appareil pendant plusieurs années pour se consacrer à d’autres formes de créations, meubles, patines, dessins… Quand elle revient à la photo c’est forte de toutes ces expériences qui ont affiné son style.
Aujourd’hui Anne joue avec la lumière, les matières, le mouvement et les reflets pour dire avec les secrets de l’âme.
Le Petit Atelier, août 2015, Mérézelle, Le Palais, Belle-Isle en Mer.