I am really happy to announce that next week my first solo-exhibition will open at the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral. I am exhibiting my 'Widows of Vrindavan' work from India. The work will be displayed through a series of prints whilst a longer edit will be projected on the walls of the Morning Chapel inside the main Cathedral building and at times a sound installation of the Widows communal chanting will also be in playing.
The Morning Chapel is a beautiful section of the Cathedral - have a look at a panoramic picture of the space here - http://www.panoramicearth.com/955/Salisbury/Salisbury_Cathedral_-_Morning_Chapel
To get there go in to the main Cathedral entrance (donation voluntary) turn right when you are in the main room and head over to the left. Keep walking past the seating and there is a wooden door on your left that will lead into the area. Please check http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/ for all info on parking, opening times directions ect.
The exhibition will run from the 20th Feb to the 13th March and is being curated and was commissioned by Jacquiline Creswell, who I wish to extend my thanks to for this opportunity.
Whilst editing my images for this show, I went though my old hard drives and found some great unseen and unused images. I will be sharing the newly found images through my Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/davidjshawphoto/ and my twitter: @davidjshawphoto along side some of the older ones as well over the next few weeks. I will also post these along side any exhibition updates on this blog post as well as the project info below.
Some of the prints are framed and for sale from a previous show, follow the link for more info (they make great pressies) http://davidshawphotojournalism.blogspot.com/2015/12/prints-and-books-for-sale.html
If you would like to know anything more about the exhibition or the work give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org, hope to see you there!
Vrindavan, India, 2014
The north Indian town of Vrindavan has an ancient history and is a sacred place for many prominent religions such as Hinduism and the Hare Krishna movement. The town is also home to thousands of widows, who traditionally spend their remaining years leading a life of religious dedication.
Living communally in ashram temples, they fill their time praying and chanting to Krishna in exchange for a bed and small amounts of rice and water. They also beg to eke out a living.
In recent years, traditions have been broken: NGOs and international fashion designers are training women in textile and other craft production, for which they are paid. New York-based designer Kopal visited Vrindavan and announced she was launching a new training project in partnership with Sulabh International. The project is part of a concerted recent effort by NGOs to develop skills and harness the market; shifting the emphasis from charity towards enabling widows to become economically self-sufficient. The widows are also provided with lessons in Bengali, English and Hindi literacy, as well as financial and healthcare support.
Widows, rejected as inauspicious and seen as a burden, are often sent to Vrindavan by their families. Living together with a sense of solidarity, they lead simple and poverty-stricken lives but with dignity and, for some, purpose.
A multi-media slide show of the work, please watch in HD:
The Widows of Vrindavan - Breaking Tradition from david on Vimeo.