Afterlife (*signed*)

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Presentation by Chose Commune :

Afterlife is the sixth chapter of Vasantha Yogananthan's long-term project A Myth of Two Souls inspired by the epic tale The Ramayana. Drawing inspiration from the imagery associated with this myth and its pervasiveness in everyday Indian life, Vasantha Yogananthan has retraced the legendary route from north to south India. A Myth of Two Souls is informed by the notion of a journey in time and space and offers a modern retelling of the tale.

Afterlife is centered around the bloody war between the army of Ravana and the army of Rama. As its title suggests, the chapter deals with death and reincarnation. With Rama’s cruelty finally revealed, the series can be read as a visual exploration of one man’s descent into the darkness of the soul. Although the pictures were shot in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu over two editions of Dussehra — the Indian festival celebrating the victory of good over evil — they do not document the festivities. They focus on the trance people try to reach night after night, as if during one week they were allowed to escape their bodies to become somebody else.

Back to his studio, Yogananthan did collages by mixing several pictures together to put the viewer in a state of disorientation. The Ramayana has been continuously rewritten and reinterpreted through time, and for Yogananthan’s Afterlife has been retold by Indian writer Meena Kandasamy. Amma — the seventh and last chapter of A Myth of Two Souls — will be published in 2021 and will mark the end of the project (2013-2021). "

Text in English only. Copies signed by the photographer.

NB : This book includes 40 pages of a reduced width, which may leave a vertical trace on the full-width pages.

136 pages - Hardcover

Chose Commune, 2020

Format : 24.5 x 30 cm

*Signed*

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Yogananthan, Vasantha

Vasantha Yogananthan is a French photographer and publisher. He co-founded the publishing House Chose Commune in 2014. The artist's  website states: « Yogananthan's strong interest in painting led him to work around the genres of portrait, still life and landscape. Using these traditions as a starting point, he refined his photographic approach to produce photographs that expand the traditional genres and are united by a distinctively muted colour palette, achieved solely using natural light. » Vasantha has received numerous awards for his images (among them Prix Levallois 2016 and ICP Infinity Award for Emerging Photographer of the Year 2017) and the books published by Chose Commune ("Sobras" by Geraldo de Barros, Prix Nadar Gens d'Images 2017, French photobook of the year). He has published his own work with Chose Commune: "Piémanson" in 2014, and the project "A Myth of Two Souls", a photographic narration of the Ramayana epic, over a series of seven photobooks (in progress) : "Early Times" (2016), "The Promise" (2017), "Exile" (2017), "Dandaka" (2018), "Howling Winds" (2019) and "Afterlife" (2020). The final book in the series will be published in 2021. © Portrait taken from the website Photographic Museum of Humanity
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