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Raghu Rai, At Adiganga Kali Ghat, Kolkata, 2002, digital scan of photographic negative on archival paper, 20 x 30 in

Raghu Rai’s solo exhibition “Invocation to India” will be held at Aicon Gallery from June 16 – July 9. Private view from June 15th, 7:30 – 21:00.


The exhibition is a tour of his solo museum presentation that took place at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham as part of the Format International Photography Festival 2011, curated by Saleem Arif Quadri. 

For over forty-five years Raghu Rai has returned to the subject of the outdoor space in India, revealing something particular and complex about the relationship between the public sphere and the private sphere in India. We can think about the public sphere are the street, the pavement, the park; the outdoor spaces through which we pass and re-pass. In Western Modernism this is often depicted as a space where atomised individuals largely ignore each other. Rai seems to suggest that the public sphere of India is significantly different – and ultimately dissolves the easy distinction between public and private.

Raghu Rai: Invocation to India
Date: June 16  –  July 9, 2011
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-18:00
Place: Aicon Gallery
Address: 8 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BU
Tel: +44 20 7734 7575

Text: julie morikawa

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