The Forgotten Frames: Post-colonial black and white photographs by Manoj Kumar Jain

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The Forgotten Frames: Post-colonial black and white photographs by Manoj Kumar Jain

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The Forgotten Frames: Post-colonial black and white photographs by Manoj Kumar Jain
to Sat 24 Jul 2021
Wed-Fri 11.30am-2pm & 3pm-6.30pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-4.30pm

Artworks

Plate outside a house. Village Devgaon, 2008

40 x 55 cm (approx)
© Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT

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Dhurva Woman. Village Tiria, Bastar. India, 2008

60.96 x 83.82 cm
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Boy with Peacock, Village Pulcha, Bastar, India, 2002

43.18 x 58.72 cm
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Dancer. Village Bahigaon, Bastar, India, 2005

60.96 x 83.82 cm
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Fish in a pot. Village Benur, Bastar, India, 2005

43.18 x 58.72 cm
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Man with domesticated peacock. Village Pulcha, Bastar, India, 2002

43.18 x 63.5 cm
© Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT

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Man with prized possession. Village Bade Donger, Bastar, India, 2005

60.96 x 83.82 cm
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Man with hunting hawk. Village Rawbeda, Bastar, India, 2008

60.96 x 83.82 cm
© Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT

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Dance performed around fire near Chitrakot falls, Bastar, India, 2002

60.96 x 83.82 cm
© Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT

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Woman with jewellery. Village Benur, Bastar, India, 2005

43.18 x 63.5 cm
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Feet. Village Chitrakot, Bastar, India, 2004

43.18 x 63.5 cm
© Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT

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Leaf collector. Village Chherieda, Bastar, India, 2008

60.96 x 83.82 cm
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Dancers. Village Neganar, Bastar, India, 2005

60.96 x 83.82 cm
© Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT

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Deer-horn Dancer. Village Bahigaon, Bastar, India, 2008

60.96 x 83.82 cm
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Shaman. Village Lohandiguda, Bastar, India, 2002

60.96 x 83.82 cm
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Man on tree on the way to Nagarnar. Bastar, India, 2002

43.18 x 63.5 cm
© Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT

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Maria boy smoking on the way to Chote Donger, Bastar, India, 2008

60.96 x 83.82 cm
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Muria boys near Jagdalpur. Bastar, India, 2004

60.96 x 83.82 cm
© Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT

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Dance troupe waiting to perform in Madai festival. Bade Donger, Bastar, India, 2005

60.96 x 83.82 cm
© Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT

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Goat. Village Murnar near Kanker, Bastar, India, 2004

43.18 x 63.5 cm
© Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT

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Woman with child. Village Alor, Bastar, India, 2005

60.96 x 83.82 cm
© Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT

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Dancer. Near Village Bade Donger, Bastar, India, 2008

43.18 x 63.5 cm
© Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT

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Cock fight. Village Bade Donger, Bastar, India, 2005

43.18 x 63.5 cm
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We take pride in presenting our new Exhibition „the forgotten frames“ by Manoj Kumar Jain which commemorates 10 years of our Gallery. For the exhibition, the photographer introduces audiences to a simple world of people of Bastar, a small society which still led a rather unspoiled and tradition loaded life deep in the forests. Between 2002 and 2008, Manoj Kumar Jain travelled several times to this destination and spent approximately 150 days in this remote area. His forgotten frames add up to a portrait of a very particular society, its everyday life, its traditions and above all its individuals.

A selected number of analogue black and white photographs presented in the gallery are postcolonial, they come from an Indian inside perspective, yet they reflect neither an analytic or a mere documentary view. As visitors explore, they would witness the photographer´s interest towards the formalistic art approaches. „His eyes seem to deconstruct the image into forms and lines and sometimes his compositional ideas even turn into drawings.” – Dr. Uta Ruhkamp, Curator, Wolfsburg Museum observes. „There is an element of harmony in his photography, if not a search for it.“ she explains further in her essay Tales of truth written for the catalog for this exhibition.

Inspired by the tradition of simple living, Manoj Kumar Jains talent lies not only in his compositional frames, but also in staying close to the people he captures. These portraits speak of waiting, surveying, of temporarily becoming part of a society, of earning trust. His body
of work captures a world in transformation, both in seemingly timeless beauty and in a beauty that has very little time left .

51 year old Manoj Kumar Jain graduated from the Delhi College of Art in 1992. His award-winning work has been showcased in national and international exhibitions and forms a valuable part of several art collections. He lives and works in new Delhi.

A limited edition catalogue with selected works of Manoj Kumar Jain and essays on his work by Dr. Uta Ruhkamp, curator Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, and Prof. Nandini Sundar, professor of sociology, Delhi School of Economics, India, would be available during the exhibition.

Man with his prized possession. Village Bade Donger, 2005. 40 x 55 cms( approx) S/W Hahnemühle Papier ©Manoj Kumar Jain/courtesy UTMT


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