until 13.11. | #3162ARTatBerlin | Galerie Z22 presents from 11th September 2021 the solo exhibition BEYOND THE IMAGINARY LINE with works by the photographer Stephanie Cornfield. Read more about this in the interview with the artist on DEEDS.
“Go to the wild side of life and feel the sounds of being on the road. Transcribe this emotion into immortal images, create a moment of immortality. During the night walks in the camps of the Saddhus, an. Live the fires at the ghats to the limit, go beyond and develop cinematic and dreamlike images.
A key image of a funeral in Varanesi can be controversial, as some people find photographing the dead disrespectful. For me, the image conveys a peaceful feeling as death is a part of our lives. In the Hindu religion, life is the introduction to death, which is perceived as the liberation of the soul. This is where life meets death. At this ghat, death is celebrated, a peaceful unusual ritual of happiness with moving chanting. Repentant melodies that lead the dead to the gate of heaven. When one dies in Varanesi, one receives moksha (salvation), samsara (rebirth) and eternal peace. The liberation from life and death.
The sadhus dedicate their lives to God and are thus liberated from a life of servitude. They concentrate on their inner self and not on the outer world. Artists live a similar life. Think of all the musicians and artists who made pilgrimages to India in the 60s to get high on mescaline. Today the babas and saddhus smoke chillum. It was transcendental. The artist also has the responsibility to take the risk of acting, to transcend conventions in order to create a free artistic language.”
Vernissage: Saturday, 11 September 2021, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Exhibition dates: Saturday, 11 September – Saturday, 13 November 2021To the Gallery
Image caption cover: Varanasi, 2019 © Stephanie Cornfield
Exhibition Stephanie Cornfield – Galerie Z22 | Contemporary Art – Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin – ART at Berlin