SOHRAB HURA 

 

Sweet Life, 2016
(13.1 minutes looped video projection)

In Sweet Life, a composite of two bodies of work: Life Is Elsewhere and Look It’s Getting Sunny Outside!!!, Hura focuses on intimate family life, particularly the relationship to his mother who was diagnosed with acute Paranoid Schizophrenia. What began as a way to escape his family situation turned into a method of confronting the realities at home. Sweet Life opens a window into the artist’s life, his family, his love, his friends, his travels, his need to experience the beauty and precariousness of existence, and then circles back towards home and the relationship between him, his mother and her dog Elsa. Photographed over a period of ten years, it is a search for meaning and closure with the artist questioning and discovering the banalities of everyday life at home.

 

The Lost Head & The Bird, 2017
(9.17 minutes looped video projection)

The Lost Head & The Bird explores the artist’s response to the current socio-political climate in India today. It takes the audience on a journey to hidden aspects of Indian society - to life on the fringes. A disorientating and absurd world, where the boundaries between fact and fiction blur, and the undercurrents of caste, sexual, religious, and political violence lurk beneath the surface, erupting in ever more frequent outbursts. Born out of an ongoing four year photographic project titled The Coast, which saw Hura traveling up and down the subcontinent documenting “the wonderful and vicious things that happen along the Indian coastline,” The Lost Head & The Bird explores a frighteningly fast-changing, post-truth world where actions are fuelled by appeals to emotion and facts are increasingly ignored.