Jasmeen Patheja - Artist's Statement

Running Amok is a collection of brief distractions that present themselves in everyday encounters. The act of photographing someone, is both a predatory act because to photograph people is to violate them and an act of celebrating mortality and vulnerability (susan sontag).

These photographs are from a collection of  images taken from 2001 and contain everyone from little children and my grandmother to the strangers I encountered, or people I met on the streets.

The camera, sometimes mediates between moments of reality and me. This process of mediation breaks otherwise impossible boundaries – invisible lines drawn between strangers, loved ones, tumblers in a wash basin and me.