New York, March 1, 2021
Artios Gallery is excited to present an exhibition of photographs by Vladimir Deming, “Where Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati merge: Faces of India.” Images on display reflect Vladimir’s fascination with the region and its people. These photos were taken over several years, mostly in and around Triveni Sangam at Allahabad (or Prayag), the most populous district in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh.
Triveni Sangam marks the confluence of three rivers, two physical ones (Ganges and Yamuna), and one mythical – Saraswati. Believed to be where the Nectar drops fell from the pitcher held by Gods, it is a holy place in Indian culture and a site of the religious pilgrimage and festival Kumbh Mela held every 12 years. A bath here is said to flush away all of one’s sins and free one from the cycle of rebirth.
Vladimir, an artisan jewelry designer and maker, educator, and avid photographer, has been traveling to India for over 13 years, exploring its cultures, religions, and landscapes. The book "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda ignited his interest in India. It left a deep impression on Vladimir. He began traveling to India every year to meditate and practice an ancient science of Yoga. Vladimir credits this annual pilgrimage for his excellent health and artistic energy. In these travels, the artist couldn’t help but wonder about the beauty and wisdom of this vast country and its amazing people. He started photographing scenes that struck him the most, accumulating over 4000 photos about daily life, religious celebrations, Yoga practice, and the exotic views of the countryside. Vladimir says, “I tried to capture unusual images that were in front of me, with all their kaleidoscopic chaos and colorful bustle. The people who live there are deeply religious, modest, and very kind. I wanted to grasp the very essence of their life in all its colorful manifestations.”
This is just a small selection of Vladimir's extensive collection. Follow the link to enjoy the exhibition.