‘New world chronicles of an old world colour’. An exhibition by Ronny Sen. Partnering event of Delhi Photo Festival 2015.

Exhibition dates: 24th October to 8th November 2015.
Gallery timings: 11 am-7 pm
Sundays closed (by special appointment only)
Venue: Gallery LATITUDE 28, F 208 G/F Lado Sarai, New Delhi, India – 110030

The exhibition “New world chronicles of an old world colour” by Ronny Sen has now been extended till the 18th of November.

The Polish Institute New Delhi in collaboration with gallery Latitude 28 presents Ronny Sen’s exhibition entitled ‘New world chronicles of an old world colour’. The exhibition is a partnering event of Delhi Photo Festival 2015.

An exploration of melancholia ‘New world chronicles of an old world colour’ is Ronny Sen’s new work created during the photographer’s art residency stay in Gdańsk City Gallery, Poland earlier this year. With a common burden of a communist history and taking a cue from Kieślowski’s ‘Three Colors Trilogy’ he responds to the Polish winter through individual shades.

Ronny Sen on his exhibition:
‘Last winter, I spent three weeks in Poland in an old city called Gdańsk at the mouth of the Motława River. While there, I often thought of how it shared with my home city and state the many burdens of a communist past. This serendipitous connection became the locus of my attempts to connect to a place I was otherwise a stranger to. I was deeply inspired by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski’s seminal work ‘ Three Colors Trilogy’. Taking a cue from his film, I wanted to react to everything that was going on around me, through individual shades. I had my own baggage because I came from Calcutta where the communists had ruled for the past three decades. I failed terribly, the colours in my memory were different from what I was encountering here. Soon disillusioned, I wasn’t sure what I was looking for anymore. I sought out every glimpse of the accidental flare of hues, looking in and out, unnoticed and unseen. Capturing colours, seeking them out and arranging them in order would reveal meaning, I had thought. But what I ended up photographing were mundane things, seemingly regular, even banal, which only furthered the obscurity I had meant to resolve in the very beginning. In the strange and melancholic Polish winter, I grappled anew with the fading of the left and of red –the colour which had been its most enduring symbol in the past. Desolate, I looked thus for its chance traces and eventually moved to other things, left behind unnoticed in crevices, there in the streets where Solidarity had once emerged.’

About the artist:
Ronny Sen (1986) was born in Silchar, Assam. He moved to Salt lake City in Calcutta in the early 90’s with his family where he still lives and works. He made his first artist book ‘Khmer Din’ in 2013 which was shown at the Photo Book Fest during the Paris Photo, Delhi Photo Festival and at the National Museum of Singapore in 2013. He has been awarded by the Sony World Photography Awards, National Geographic Magazine, United Nations, Powerhouse and the Forward Thinking Museum. He represented India at the World Young Artists Event in Nottingham in the year 2012. He won the Jenysys Creators and was invited on an artist residency programme in Japan by the Japan Foundation. He won the first red frames award in 2012 and was invited for a master class at the University of California in Berkeley. In 2014, he won the first prize in the general news category at the MFI awards. Recently, he photographed the Indian General elections in 2014 for the United Nations and Fabrica, Italy. He is working on his next book and upcoming exhibitions include Noorderlicht Festival in the Netherlands and Delhi Photo Festival. A sizable portion of his early photographic works were recently acquired for the permanent collection of Alkazi Collection of Photography.