'Darshan' by Manjari Sharma is a continuing series of photographically recreated images of Hindu deities. 'Darshan' is a Sanskrit term that refers a glimpse or apparition of God. The series aims to explore the delicate relationship between photography and representation.
Sharma, who was born in India and moved to the US, created Darshan to deconstruct Hindu mythologies and turn multidimensional representations of paintings and sculptures of Hindu Gods into two-dimensional photographs. The images invite viewers to look at the photographs as tools of spiritual engagement.
Each image was captured only after exhaustive research on the associated mythical figure and the implementation of elaborate props, sets, prosthetics, make-up, costumes and jewelry.
'Darshan' aims to bridge the gap between the rituals and ceremonies of her parents and her own mythology and beliefs.
'Darshan' Comprises Photographically Recreated Images of Hindu Gods
1. Recreated Deity Images - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Exploring new ways to recreate and represent religious deities through photography.
2. Engaging Spiritual Photography - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Creating photography as a tool for spiritual engagement.
3. Bridging Rituals and Beliefs - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Developing methods to bridge cultural rituals and personal beliefs through visual representation.
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