Anandavana, sprouting with thousands of small Shiva Linga, recreated in the cloister garden of a Madrasi hostel, Jangambari Math
Benares, India, c. 1958
Vintage Gelatin Silver Print
25.2 x 23.9 cm
Tantra / Yoga
16 September – 11 October 2016
Prahlad Bubbar Gallery, Mayfair
Prahlad Bubbar gallery announces the start of a new season of exhibitions with a rare presentation of works by British photographer Richard Lannoy. His iconic photographs are shown in context with a selection of classical Indian paintings related to Tantra and Yoga.
Besides being a photographer, Lannoy was also a painter and, most significantly, a professor and distinguished writer who investigated Indian society and culture in great depth. Having lived in India, Lannoy created over the years an astounding collection of images of great beauty that depict, and even embody, a belief in the practice of a holistic view of reality.
The vintage print photographs by Lannoy presented here were all exhibited in the ground breaking 1971 exhibition ‘Tantra’ at the Hayward Gallery in London.
Just as in its presentation of 1971, Lannoy’s work is revisited as being in direct connection with notions of Tantra and Yoga. Tantra is a system of beliefs that sees all sides of reality as manifestations of a cosmic sexuality. Yoga, on the other hand, is a complex set of practices that aim to transcend suffering and that see both body and mind as intrinsically connected to the world. Both envision a profound connection between the individual and the universe, a view that constantly emerges in the scenes depicted by Lannoy.
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