Urban Ecstasy" solo show by Cop Shiva at Gallery Sumukha.
These documentary images burst through the sterile sheen of Bangalore – a growing metropolis – to capture a city still trembling with ecstasy. In this series, we encounter citizens straddling, stitching and splitting the single story told about this deeply, diverse city. We see these citizens shake, shiver and shudder, transforming the mundane into the magical. We see the persistence of the atavistic, the ancient, the anachronistic. We learn the other stories of our collective home.
B. S. Shivaraju alias Cop Shiva uses photography to document the fringes of society. He has been this year’s finalist of The Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography of the Peabody Museum, Harvard University. He is also the recipient of 2017 grant of Pro Helvetia-Switzerland and Swedish Art Council. His work has been part of several shows both nationally and internationally, including Chobi Mela in Bangladesh, India Art Fair in Delhi, and Kochi Biennale, as well as several reputed galleries in India and abroad. His recent solo exhibitions include ‘On Being Gandhi: The Art and Politics of Seeing’, The Frank Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, USA (2016); ‘Impersonations Impersonating Enacting Icons Gandhi/MG’, Apparao Gallery, Chennai (2015); ‘Ecstasy’, Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi (2014) & ‘Face to Face’, Gallery Sumukha, Bengaluru (2012). The artist lives and works in Bengaluru.
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