INDIA 50/50

Palace of Assembly -by Lecorbousier-, Chandigar, Punjab

 

INDIA 50 / 50 is fine art photography series, consisting of 50 black and white images, taken by visual artist Alejandro Gómez de Tuddo during his 50 days journey around India. Only one image is chosen per working day.

In this original collection, the ancestral poetic essence of India is captured through the timelessness resulting out of the merging of space and place, and of people and minds. On one side it shows a diachronic narrative on India, while its counterpart generates a contemporary and synchronic work on today’s India. Both parts, brought together, dovetail into each other and foster a further visual text, out of which rises yet again another discourse on irony, on aesthetics and on the photographic world Alejandro Gómez de Tuddo lives in.

This project enables the viewer to follow the artist’s visual diary, where India – as a country – soon becomes another place: that of a world closer to ours, the world which we all live in, where place becomes irrelevant and where space becomes mankind’s nest, which like the author’s world, is never finished.

 

 

Mrs. Chandrakanta, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan Town Fair, Ahmedabad, GujaratJumbo Circus, Agra, Uttar Pradesh_IMG_2395 BUS-STATION,-Udaipur,-Rajasthan

 

 

Museums & Galleries

INDIA 50/50 is a travel art project comprised of 50 photographs taken over 50 days. Every time I would feel I had the photograph of the day, I would use the first means of transportation available to whichever destination it would take me. Once arrived, I would start all over again up until the following morning. In so doing, I drew a metaphoric time map of a space in a state of transition.

In the title INDIA 50/50, the first number 50 corresponds to the India of the collective imaginary. The / stands for the liminal space where my photographs are situated, whilst the last number 50 refers to an India morphing into a new identity.

 

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INDIA 50-
Copper House Gallery
Curator: Jean-Philippe Imbert
Dublin, Ireland, 2014

INDIA 50-50
Tasveer Gallery
Curator: Abishek Poddar

Bangalore, India, 2015

                                                                                         

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INDIA 50-50
Curator: Jean-Philippe Imbert

Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi / Delhi International Photo Festival 2015

 

 

India 50/50 is an attempt to fathom the morphing meaning of space and place in our era of “incredulity”. The world we are in is a world that is fully available to us, in the sense that us humans have fully explored its surface and brought all but the most remote corners of the Earth into an all-encompassing informational and economic system. Nonetheless, the meanings of the places through which we move have been subject to unprecedented levels of instability. Alejandro Gómez de Tuddo focuses on this instability. Although there may be no virgin territories or terra incognitae waiting to be discovered (short of outer spaces and the deepest depths of the ocean), the artist does a lot of work at the interstices between established domains, whose borders are constantly being called into question. The public recognise these spaces and these places, but sees them differently. This is because the visual eye of the camera and the visual I of Alejandro Gómez de Tuddo generate a discourse of transgression (= etymologically, a crossing of borders). This discourse provides a relevant model for spatial thinking in the post postmodern era India is entering in.

The lead photograph epitomises 50/50ness where a head, being built or rebuilt, is supported by a careful scaffold. Mankind has scaffolded the world, India is scaffolding itself into the future and Alejandro Gómez de Tuddo steps onto the scaffold and focuses on its interstices to see India.

 

Download: INDIA 50- Dublin Exhibition Video 2014

 

 

 

Artwork List & Technical Specifications

Black & White Photographs (edition of 5) 

1. Snow Splash, Island Grounds, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

2. Shirt, Asi Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

3. Charity Birds' Hospital Roof Top Metalic Structure, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

4. Shadow, Tulsi Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

5. Chinese Fishing Net, Thopumpady Port, Kochi, Kerala
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

6. SX4 Billboard, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

7. Open Beheaded Statue, Bangalore-Mangalore, Karnataka
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

8. Wedding Stage, Karwar, Karnataka
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

9. Monsoon, Indore-Bhopal Road, Madhya Pradesh
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

10. Hanging Bird, Dharamshala, Himal Pradesh
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

11. Hanging Clothes, Narad Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

12. Jesus Christ Column, Commonwealth War Graves Outskirts, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

13. Jumbo Circus, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

14. Metallic Structure, Calangute, Goa
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

15. Shree Jagajyoth Basaveshwa Monumental Head Statue Head Statue, Bhishma Lake, Gadag, Karnataka
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

16. Furniture Cemetery, Ghaziabad, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

17. Sky Park Billboard, Belgaum, Karnataka
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

18. Taraporewala Aquarium, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

19. Residential Area, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

20. Science City, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

21. Their Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa & Stangtsang Raspa, Indus Valley Road, Ladakh-Jammu
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

22. Town Fair, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

23. Urban Ducks, Pondicherry, Tamil NaduLadakh- Jammu
Digital print on cotton paper 1/5
78 x 65 cm

24.. Rush Hour, Bangalore, Karnataka
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 6

25. Superman, Bangalore, Karnataka
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm
26. Tea Plantation, Idukki, Kerala
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

27. Moonrise, Mumbai-Pune Road, Maharashtra
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

28. Vitthala Temple Road, Hampi, Karnataka
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

29. Room 12, Bramheswar Temple Hotel, Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

30. Neelam Movie Theatre -by Le Corbusier-, Chandigarh, Haryana-Punjab
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

31. Palace of Assembly -by Le Corbusier-, Chandigarh, Haryana-Punjab
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

32. Brahmin’s House, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

33. Navaratri Idols' Workshop Potter, Kumartuli, Kolkota, West Bengal
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

34. Man with Clay Masque, Bow Bazar, Kolkota, West Bengal
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

36. Kartik's Head, Durga Puja Pandal, Kolkota, West Bengal
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

37. Gurdial Singh, -Head Operator of Neelam Movie Theatre- Chandigarh, Haryana-Punjab
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

38. The Groom, Wedding by the Bangalore-Mysore Road, Karnataka
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

39. Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

40. Sadhu, Shirdi, Maharashtra
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

39. Stupas, Leh, Ladakh-Jammu
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

41. Man at Roof Top, Brahmapur, Odisha
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

42. Bus Station, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

43. Mrs. Chandrakanta, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

44. Aravan's Brides, Koovagam, Tamil Nadu
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

45. Asylum, Adpur-Palitana Road, Gujarat
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

46. Mademoiselle O'Murphy's Room, Kochi, Kerala
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

47. Transgender, Playground, Mysore, Karnataka
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

48. The Bramin's Son, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

49. Friends, Calangute Beach, Goa
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

50. Ganesh Chaturthi, Narmada River Ghat, Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh
Digital print on cotton paper, 1/5
78 x 65 cm

 

 

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