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Abandoned India

10 - 10 May
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until 20 May, 2016

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until 21 May, 2016

Kip Scott, The Abandoned Ballroom (detail), chromira photographic print

Kip Scott

10-21 May 2016

hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
admission: Free

A rare and evocative photographic portrait of India’s abandoned mansions and desert towns.

Kip Scott, Joshi's Place, Chromira Photographic Print
Kip Scott, Joshi's Place, Chromira Photographic Print

Kip Scott, Joshi's Place, chromira photographic print

Kip Scott, The Abandoned Ballroom (detail), Chromira Photographic Print

Kip Scott, The Abandoned Ballroom (detail), chromira photographic print

Kip Scott, Ramgarh Ruin, Chromira Photographic Print

Kip Scott, Ramgarh Ruin, chromira photographic print

Kip Scott, Joshi's Place, Chromira Photographic PrintKip Scott, The Abandoned Ballroom (detail), Chromira Photographic PrintKip Scott, Ramgarh Ruin, Chromira Photographic Print

A rare and evocative photographic portrait of India’s abandoned mansions and desert towns.

It may seem strange that India, the second most populated country on earth, should be so rich in deserted buildings. Yet ninety percent of the mansions of Shekhawati are abandoned, secured at best by the presence of a caretaker.

Abandonment is a recurring theme in photographer Kip Scott’s work, whether the disused factories of the West or the redundant institutions of Europe. In Shekhawati one feels a greater urgency to capture and preserve the past for fear it may disappear.

Fading frescoes adorning walls capture the spirit and humour of artists and original owners, and the sense of a time of great wealth when the arts were patronised. The ghosts of the past are never far away even in images of silence, of erosion and decay. For the past is never the past.

Kip Scott is a Melbourne based photographer and video artist. A graduate of RMIT’s Bachelor of Arts (Photography) 2013, his special interests are urban exploration, architecture and video. His awards include San Pellegrino Cafe Society Photography 2013 and Dockland Summer Shorts Video Prize 2015. He has previously exhibited with Kat O’ Donnell at RMIT’s Field 36 Gallery. Abandoned India is his first solo exhibition and is accompanied by a publication of a photographic book of the same name (Transit Lounge 2016).

kipscottphoto.com

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Date:
10 May, 2016
Time:
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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