Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Darshan, a series of vibrant photographs by Brooklyn
based Indian photographer, Manjari Sharma. Darshan is a Sanskrit word meaning vision or view
and is associated with Hindu worship. A Darshan is the experience that invokes an immediate
connection between deity and viewer. Manjari Sharma’s Darshan series is composed of 9
representations of Hindu deities that tells the story of this revelation.
Historically, Hindu deities have been depicted predominantly through sculpture and painting but very
rarely photography. Sharma brings contemporary life to these iconic images through her camera
lens. Multiple trips to Mumbai and collaboration with a sizable team of local artisans, sculptors and
painters were funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Lavish sets were constructed, costumes
were created, and models were styled to render each of the elaborately staged 9 archetypal
Born and raised in India, Sharma was immersed in her native Hindu culture. In her early 20‘s, she
moved to the U.S. to pursue her interest in photography. Visits to Hindu temples were gradually
replaced by sojourns to museums and art galleries with the same fervent dedication. The Darshan
series bridges the gap of these two vastly separate worlds.
This monumental project has already captured the attention of The New York Times, NPR, Life
Magazine, Wired and countless others. Darshan is scheduled for exhibition at the Asia Society Texas
Center in Houston in May 2014.
In the project room we are showing new works by Albuquerque based, Japanese artist Emi
Ozawa. Trained as a woodworker, Ozawa creates mahogany, poplar and maple three dimensional
wall sculptures that compositionally shift as seen from different perspectives. Ozawa’s keen interest
in refined burnished surface treatments, and optical designs combine to create whimsical yet
superbly finished works. Emi Ozawa was born in Tokyo and studied fine art in Japan. She received an
MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives and works in New Mexico.