A Portrait of Chandan Gomes' Home

The Delhi-based photographer uses space to speak about familial relationships.

Updated: Sep 28, 2018 17:09:27 IST
2018-09-28T17:09:27+05:30
There are things I call home by Chandan Gomes. Digital, print on enhanced matte paper, 10.5 × 16 inches, 2009. Image courtesy: Chandan Gomes. There are things I call home by Chandan Gomes. Digital, print on enhanced matte paper, 10.5 × 16 inches, 2009. Image courtesy: Chandan Gomes.

Chandan Gomes is a Delhi-based photographer, whose work revolves around themes of beauty, imitation and abandonment. His book This World of Dew, published by Photoink, brings to life the paintings of a young girl called Aini Haseena Bano, which he found in a Jaipur hospital while on assignment.

'There are things I call home', part of the 2009 group exhibition Apna Ghar at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, is a portrait of the artist's family, drawn by photographing objects present in his single-room home. These objects speak of the estranged relationship he shares with his family, of distances and uncertainties that separate them. Every photograph hints at a sense of tension, of conflict and brings forth the pain of neglect. As he forays into his own home, he feels like an outsider.

As he explained, amid this neglect and conflict lay an alienated sense of intimacy. This photo essay is an attempt at reclaiming this intimacy; an attempt to embrace long-lost memories, a forgotten childhood.

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