From Assam to Kashmir: Exhibition of Photographs by Ana Arribas
- July 27, 2020
From 1st December 2015 to 31st January 2016 the Restaurant El Vergel will host the beautiful portraits of the Madrid photographer Ana Arribas. From Assam to Kashmir she invites us to travel to the north of India through anonymous characters who catch the eye of the viewer by the sensitivity and honesty with which they are portrayed.
Ana Arribas is a photographer who transmits an intuition and creativity behind the lens with which she weaves a special magic with the portrait, showing moments of its most intimate reality; flashes of its most authentic essence. In this exhibition, the artist presents a selection of the portraits she took between 2009 and 2010 on a journey that began in Kashmir during the month of Sawan, a stage on which one of the most important Hindu pilgrimages, the Amarnath Yatra, took place, to the remote state of Assam, specifically to Kamakhya, on the hill of Nilachal, where another important place of pilgrimage for Hinduism and Tantrism is located.
From this pilgrimage trip, the photographer gives us unique moments and beautiful enclaves such as Lake Sheshnag, a place protected by the high mountains where the nomadic Gujar shepherds live, and portraits of the sadhus, holy nomadic men of India who are highly respected and venerated and who travel the country in search of sacred places. The sadhus have been travelling to the remote state of Assam for several centuries.
Both Kashmir and Assam are two states in India with major pockets of conflict, where the military presence is very strong. In spite of this harsh reality, Ana Arribas shows us a population in a continuous impulse with life, present in the beauty of reality and in the simplicity of everyday life. As the artist herself says, summing up her journey: “Lands that offer the traveller the capacity to continually marvel and that create the necessary harmony to be able to portray their spontaneity, free of any technique. Only present in the instant in which the simplest things are produced: a look, a gesture, a smile”.
Ana Arribas proposes an exhibition to be savoured in detail and to enjoy the strength of her portraits and the humanity they contain. Without a doubt, a journey through anonymous characters that will leave no one indifferent.
This Madrid-based photographer’s passion for travel, coupled with her interest and exploration of ancient cultures, has taken her to China, India and Tibet. She specializes in photographic portraits and is currently working in the field of social and community intervention, promoting activities related to photography, music and art.