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18 JANUARY 2011

The New Art Exchange presents Raghu Rai's Invocations from India

29 January – 30 April 2011, The New Art Exchange, Hyson Green, Nottingham, UK.

"New Art Exchange is delighted to present an exhibition of works by world renowned Magnum photographer Raghu Rai, for the first time in a public gallery in the UK, including new work from 2010.

Rai's work proclaims the rich diversity of contemporary India, with its juxtapositions of ancient and modern, where the people are the landscape. He photographs an India teeming with colour, history, beauty and brilliance whilst uncovering a continent's domestic rituals with these striking images of Indian street life, festivals and the changing seasons.

'Over the centuries, so much has melded into India that it's not really one country, and it's not one culture. It is crowded with crosscurrents of many religions, beliefs, cultures and their practices that may appear incongruous. But India keeps alive the inner spirit of her own civilization with all its contradictions. Here, several centuries have learnt to live side by side at the same time. And a good photograph is a lasting witness to that, as photography is a history of our times: being a multi–lingual, multi– cultured and multi– religious society, the images must speak these complexities through a multi–layered experience.' – Raghu Rai"

(The New Art Exchange, 2011)

Fig.1 Raghu Rai (1964). 'Traffic At Chawri Bazar', Delhi

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