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In A Cannibal Time: Naveen Kishore

April 28-June 25, 2023

Emami Art, Kolkata Center For Creativity, Anandapur, Adarsha Nagar, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Emami Art, one of India’s leading contemporary art galleries based in Kolkata, presents In a Cannibal Time, an exhibition of Naveen Kishore’s influential body of photographs, in collaboration with Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai. Including photos from four different series – Performing the Goddess, The Green Room of the Goddess, In a Cannibal Time and The Epic and the Elusive – many never shown before in the city. A renowned publisher, theatre lighting designer and poet, Naveen Kishore has long been using the camera for critical expressions. While Performing the Goddess shows the theatrical make-up of a female impersonator, Chapal Bhaduri, his transformation from an ordinary man into a woman and fierce goddess, The Green Room of Goddess reveals the backstage processes of making the idols in Kumartuli before they are installed and worshipped in public. The other two series evidence Naveen Kishore’s close association with theatre: gestures, movements and light work.