2014 International Art Festival

Artist Official Entries

Shreepad Joglekar

Manhattan KS USA
http://www.aabhaa.com
In July 2003 I left Mumbai, India and came to Lubbock, Texas for graduate studies in Photography. In last 10 years I have transitioned from a hectically stimulant urban life in Mumbai to West Texas plains, later to the coastal plains of South Texas, and then to the Flint Hills of Kansas. During this time the practice of photography has increasingly become a cognitive tool for making sense of my surroundings, playing an important role in the process of my ‘naturalization.’ When I moved to the United States for graduate studies, after the initial amazement about air-conditioning, freeways, and the national parks, I became starkly aware of a unique relationship that the contemporary American culture has with the environment. This relationship is especially interesting (though less discussed) in context of the rural, suburban, and post-industrial spaces. In order to understand this relationship I started researching the origins of American vernacular landscape in the writings of John Stilgoe, the psychological relation we have with built spaces around us, as interpreted by Gaston Bachelard in the Poetics Of Space, and decoding landscape as a mirror of society as argued by J. B. Jackson. In my work, I interpret the natural and constructed environments as an immigrant transitioning from being an outsider to an insider. I believe our surroundings archive our attitude and desires, and give form to the abstract, often romantic, idea of human-environment relationship. Photography is an excuse for engaging with a new place, observing and questioning our expectations from the surrounding space, and most importantly, it provides an opportunity for an extended seeing. In this way photography is a catalyst in the process of my acclimatization, not only of perception but also of all the senses that read cultural stimuli. Photography lets me explore and come to terms with two seeming contradictory, yet simultaneous phenomena: the contemporary culture that harbors affinity for instant gratification through short term (sighted) planning and casual abandonment, and the commendable human quality of tirelessly altering the surroundings, as if in the pursuit of happiness. The two images included in this application come a series about an isolated off-the-grid ranch of an 85 year old Californian conservationist. The series looks at the human agrarian instincts, desire for comfort and stability which are paradoxically inherent to our efforts in natural conservation. (The third entry is a video piece I am submitting a Vimeo link with a still) My video work is rooted in Boris Groys’s (writer of Art Power) analysis of repetition and the politics of installations. Through my video loops I am interested in hinting the human experience through day-to-day language, and provide a (much needed) opportunity for contemplation through repetition.
© Shreepad Joglekar | Redwood Cabin Room With Beds, Bello Ranch, California 5229
2014 Photography | Redwood Cabin Room With Beds, Bello Ranch, California
Archival pigment print from 4X5 color ne, 25X30 inches framed, 2014
USD $900
© Shreepad Joglekar | Alien, Bello Ranch, California 5230
2014 Photography | Alien, Bello Ranch, California
Archival pigment print from 4X5 color ne, 25X30 inches framed, 2014
USD $900
© Shreepad Joglekar | The Question (http://vimeo.com/102795115) 5231
2014 Video | The Question (Http://Vimeo.Com/102795115)
Single channel video loop, flexible, 2014
USD $600
© Shreepad Joglekar | The Question 5232
2014 Video | The Question
Single channel video (https://vimeo.com/102795115), flexible, 2014
USD $600
© Shreepad Joglekar | The Question 5233
2014 Video | The Question
single channel video , https://vimeo.com/102795115, 2014
USD $600
© Shreepad Joglekar | The Question 5234
2014 Photography | The Question
Single channel video (https://vimeo.com/102795115), flexible, 2014
USD $600