Jhaveri Contemporary is delighted to present Paris-based photographer Vasantha Yogananthan’s debut solo exhibition in India, A Myth of Two Souls. Yogananthan’s ongoing body of work is ambitiously divided into seven photo books, each dedicated to a chapter in The Ramayana. Drawing from the imagery associated with this mythical tale, Yogananthan traces a journey from north to south India to offer a contemporary re-imaging of the epic that sits somewhere in between documentary, fiction, and mythology.
Shot entirely in analog, using large or medium format cameras that intentionally slow down the creative process, Vasantha’s project harnesses a distinctive color palette based on natural light. He is interested in painting, and this has led him to work around the genres of portrait, landscape, and still life, and to engage with local artists like Jaykumar Shankar, with whom he has collaborated to revive the tradition of hand-tinted photographs.