Where the OneEyed Lens is King

Are pho­to­graphs by the vis­ually im­paired a floun­der­ing para­dox or a stag­ger­ing achieve­ment, asks ADITI SAX­TON

Tehelka - - ART -

EV­ERY TIME I look at art that doesn’t flaunt its tech­ni­cal vir­tu­os­ity, the first flut­ter of the gut has to be quelled, a nig­gardly in­stinct claim­ing, well, I could do that. Be­cause, of course, I didn’t do it. There’s also a be­lated recog­ni­tion that this isn’t the af­firm­ing rally cry of the “Yes, We Can” va­ri­ety, of col­lec­tive good­will which spi­rals out. Rather, it fun­nels in till my ev­ery po­ten­tially per­fect self re­flects be­nign and be­atific in fac­ing mir­rors, till the whole crin­kled and cor­us­cated world can fit in the folds of my navel. So when Partho Bhowmick mounts Wide Eye Open, an ex­hi­bi­tion of pho­to­graphs taken by the vis­ually im­paired, the first in­ver­sion is of the

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