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The Fireplace (small) - Limited Edition #6 of 8
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The Fireplace (small) - Limited Edition #6 of 8 Photograph

Vikram Kushwah

United Kingdom

Photography, Black & White on Paper

Size: 19.7 W x 23.6 H x 0 D in

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This image is part of a larger body of work titled 'Ofelea'. This project is a portrait of my imagination and memories, often twisted by the dark underlying layers of the storybooks I read as a child. The series of pictures is a juxtaposition of the Freudian theory of 'The Uncanny', the constantly recurring mysterious environments in the Surrealist art movement and reconstructions of my distant childhood imagination. The feeling of the uncanny, as Sigmund Freud points out, is one of confused fear, something that you feel when confronted with something that was meant to remain hidden, locked away and has now come out into the open. This feeling is certainly not unambiguous. It is this ambiguity itself that makes the mind wander. The wandering mind opens many doors. Behind these closed doors lies what we call the imagination. There are more doors behind the ones that have been opened. They all whisper to each other about what lies beyond, engaging and gripping the psyche. These images are constructed using fragments of recollections, often uncanny, from my childhood, stitched up by the secret and powerful tool of day-dreaming and also with the careful understanding of Sigmund Freud's essay, Das Unheimliche. They lie somewhere between reality and fantasy, between the conscious and the sub-conscious. These images are not only a reflection of what I saw behind the closed doors of my mind, but also of what I could have seen. Researched and shot over a period of nine months, this project has involved long aimless walks in the woods in Kent, meeting strange people and finding myself in remote and isolated places as a result of which my dreamscapes and memory gave me rather peculiar visuals. Intricate study of the art and writings of the surrealists and re-visiting my very old storybooks helped me give perspective to the Freudian philosophy of the uncanny. Rather than illustrating the uncanny, the idea here is to give the viewer an experience of the uncanny by extracting fragments of desires and fantasies buried within the sub-conscious. This artwork (like all of my other artworks) is sold in 3 sizes - all limited editions of 8 each. 60cm x 50cm - $900 90cm x 74cm - $1400 110cm x 90cm - $1850 *sizes rounded off to the nearest centimetre.

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Photography Print:Black & White on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:8

Size:19.7 W x 23.6 H x 0 D in

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Shortlisted by and showcased at the National Portrait Gallery, London, for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2019 and Portrait of Britain 2018 and 2019 winner, Vikram Kushwah, was born in New Delhi, India. He is a fashion and art photographer based in England. Whether artistic or commercial, his pictures have a dream-like quality, in which the boundaries between fiction and reality are blurred. In addition to being inspired by his own childhood memories, as well as childhood stories such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Vikram’s artistic influences include the photographers Guy Bourdin, Tim Walker and Deborah Turbeville, as well as the work of the Surrealists, the Romantics and the Pre-Raphaelites. Vikram strives to draw viewers into phantasmagorical worlds through his meticulously staged photographs. In 2008, Vikram arrived in London to undertake a post-graduate diploma in Photography at the London College of Communication, after which, in 2010, he completed his MA in Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester, England. He has since been practicing in Britain and India, working for reputed publications such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Elle and showing his work in galleries in the UK, Europe and the USA. His works form parts of private and corporate collections, spanning Europe, America, Australia, Middle-East and Asia. Vogue Italia featured him among their 'New Talents' and selected his work to be exhibited in their Milan exhibition, ‘Best of PhotoVogue’ in 2012. His work for Grey Singapore won a Cannes Young Lions Award (bronze) in 2013 for Best Photography for his Duracell batteries campaign. This year his 'Women in Bathing Suits' series has been shortlisted for the AOP awards. Vikram lives in his Oxfordshire country home with his wife and a menagerie of pets.

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