In partnership with Vacheron Constantin, supported by Singleton

Michael Kenna - A Journey Through Asia









Tasveer is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition of Michael Kenna's work in India. One of the foremost landscape photographers in the world, he has earned international recognition for his timeless, minimalist imagery. His work has often been described as enigmatic, meditative and hauntingly beautiful.

The exhibition takes you on a journey through Asia, across the landscapes of India, Thailand, Vietnam, China, South Korea and Japan. On his first visit to Japan in 1987, he was instantly entranced by the land and has returned to Asia time and again. The 48 black and white photographs, part of an ongoing project, display his “passion, almost addiction or love affair with the land. He explores the relationship, juxtaposition, and interaction between the landscape and the structures that humans leave on the landscape. Kenna seeks out even the faintest of human interventions; traces, evidence, footprints, history, memories. In Japan he felt a deep sense of history in the terrain and through his subsequent trips to Asia he continues to search for the latent atmosphere of a place.

Rather than describing or reflecting reality, Kenna provides a more subjective interpretation. Shooting in black and white, he believes that as we see in colour all the time, black and white is instantly more mysterious. He favours working at dawn or dusk, as too much light tends to reveal all the details of a scene. Furthermore he gives free reign to the unexpected and unpredictable, using exposures of up to ten hours. Kenna gives up total control and allows nature to transpire; clouds come and go and condensation might appear on the lens. The long exposures eliminate or subdue distracting details and visually dense areas such as water become calmed. Infused with quietness, the photographs offer a place of contemplation and solitude in our fast paced world of noise and colour. Within the meditative landscapes, the viewer's imagination is invited to wander.

Born in 1953 into a working-class Irish catholic family in England, Kenna initially trained to become a priest. However his aspirations changed and despite no artistic background, he enrolled at art school and went on to study photography at the London College of Printing. Here he was first exposed to the photographers Bill Brandt, Ansel Adams, Josef Sudek and Alfred Steiglitz, whom were to become profoundly influential. After moving to San Francisco in 1977, he started to focus his attentions on his hobby, landscape photography. Today Kenna's work has been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the world and is held in over 80 permanent collections including the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He has won numerous awards including the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. To date there are 42 published books of Kenna's photography.

Exhibition Schedule

Bangalore

31 August - 30 October 2021

Sua House
26/1 Kasturba Cross Road
Bangalore 560001

+ 91 8040535217

Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm


Delhi

22 November - 03 December 2021

The Stainless Gallery
Property No. 1 & 2 Block C - O
Ishwar Nagar The Mira Complex
Okhla Crossing Mathura Road
New Delhi - 110065


Mumbai

14 February - 21 February 2022

Arttd INOX
Premises No. 102 1st Floor
Orbit Terraces Lower Parel
Opposite Kamala Mills
Mumbai - 400013

+ 91 9930071269


Kolkata

25 March - 05 April 2022

The Seagull Foundation for the Arts
36C S.P. Mukherjee Road
Kolkata 700 025


Ahmedabad

09 May - 18 May 2022

National Institute of Design
Paldi
Ahmedabad 380007