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    Sale 2025

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 220

    Binu Bhaskar

    Without/Bush # 1; Without/Bush #2

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    Binu Bhaskar
    Without/Bush # 1; Without/Bush #2
    signed and dated in Malayalam (lower right)
    digital print on archival paper; diptych
    29½ x 73 in. (74.9 x 185.4 cm) each
    Executed in 1996/07; single edition print
    set of two prints (2)

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    These images are my attempt at a sensitive understatement of reality; the lifeless bird complements the fullness of the natural panorama. This is not a depiction of beauty, but there is neither morbidity nor exaggeration, the colours are muted.

    The photographs are about witnessing in silence, the bush (Australian term for outskirts, nature, forest) as a whole living being, breathing, consuming and reusing. Both life and death are part of the cycle of nature, of the ecological system. The solorised green colour of the lush foliage lingers on the stilled life of the bird and while death silences one life millions of others continue unaware.

    Binu Bhaskar (in dialogue with the artist)


    Distance, Exhibition Catalogue, Bodhi Art, 2008 illustrated, unpaginated


    New Delhi, Travancore Gallery, Distance, February 2008