SPATIAL BOOK_MAYA BHEDA
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MAYA BHEDA, 2016
Collaborative artist book with Joshua Bergeron. Photos from Durga Puja (Durga Celebration) in Kolkata, India from October 2015. Completed March 2016. 5.25"Wx7.5"Dx5.5"H.
Māyā-bheda is the second collaboration on India with Boulder based photographer Joshua Bergeron. The images were taken in October 2015, during the Bengali holiday of Durga Puja, in the capital of West Bengal – Kolkata, India. Using a combination of images from an iPhone as well as a conventional digital point and shoot camera, images were captured candidly within the documentary and street photography genre. The construction of the case and interior components are based upon the design of the original Kodak camera released in 1888, by George Eastman, which in many ways brought portable photography to the masses.
In Hinduism, the term Māyā-bheda refers to the destruction of perceived reality. The book serves as a vehicle to examine the assumptions and perceived realities of India for both Bergeron and I. The cameras used for images and the graduated orange lens on the outer shell of the book explores the notions of how India is interpreted by optical tools. For viewers, the interactive viewing experience of the book will offer a chance to examine their own perceived realities of India.