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India Spirits, Rajasthan, India
Artist: Robert Kawika Sheer
Price: $2,600.00
Medium: Photography
Ship From Milwaukee, WI

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Creation Date: 2000
Materials: Chromogenic Print
Dimensions: 20" x 16"
Condition: Excellent condition.
Finish: Framed
About the Item: Artwork size: 20" x 16"
Frame size: 30 5/8" x 26 5/8"

"India Spirits" is a photographic performance piece by Robert Kawika Sheer, signed lower right and numbered lower left 34/250. The image depicts a shrine in Rajasthan, “city of kings,” composed of a large circular dome resting on eight arches. In the space beneath the four arches nearest to the viewer, turbaned floating “spirits” appear, reaching toward the top of the arches. They are lit against the green-black night sky and contrast with the copper-colored shrine.

Using a 4x5 camera, Sheer achieves the effects of presence and the passage of time captured in a single image by using a long single exposure lasting from forty-five minutes to seven hours. No digital manipulation or multiple exposures are used in the creation of his works. After the photographer opens the shutter of the camera, he enters the frame of the picture, becoming a performer in the scene. Because he is using low-intensity moonlight to illuminate the night, Sheer can enter the camera’s view without the negative recording his movement. As far as he knows, Sheer is the only photographer in the world performing this style of photography. Through this ghostly image, which the artist calls a “Spirit Shadow,” the photographer is a performer in the image. "India Spirits" is a performative event, carefully staged for preservation in the future.