Atul Bhalla's Contemplating Drowning in Kailash Cartographies

Atul Bhalla, <i>The Drowning of Virupaksha</i> (detail), 2017


Atul Bhalla, The Drowning of Virupaksha (detail), 2017

Bhalla’s photographic installation is featured in Kailash Cartographies, at The New School’s Aronson Gallery. An exhibition of artists from India, China, Nepal, and the US, Kailash Cartographies explores conceptions of sacred geographies: holy spaces, pilgrimages, and intersections with secular, personal, and political spaces and borders.

“Atul Bhalla’s photographic installation, titled Contemplating Drowning also considers the tragic pollution of the Bagmati river, but through the figure of Shiva, who is thought to create and destroy the universe in the blink of the eye. Bhalla juxtaposes the brass monkeys from the Golden Temple in Kathmandu with images of oil lamps, that appear like spirits which may be snuffed out by the river, photographed here at dusk.”

13 March – 2 April, 2017
Kailash Cartographies LINK
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10003