"It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly, than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection"—Bhagavad Gita
Mumbai-born and Brooklyn-based photographer Manjari Sharma's project “Darshan" shows us how "practice, faith, and devotion" can reveal the sublime. Originally funded as a Kickstarter campaign, Sharma raised the necessary money to research, design, and craft these elaborately staged sets. By eschewing photoshop and painstakingly maintaining the integrity of the classical depictions of the nine Hindu deities, Sharma invites us to reconsider the photograph, rather than sculpture or painting, as a medium for spiritual engagement.
For a behind the scenes revelation of the extensive work involved in creating these images, this video is helpful. For those interested in hearing from the artist, Sharma discusses her project here. For those of you in New York City, “Darshan” is on view at Clamp Art until October 12th. And for those of you who have read this far, good on you. —Lane Nevares