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The David Teiger ’47 Gallery for the Studio Arts Features “Circularity”

International visual artist Manjari Sharma is showing a body of work at the Newark Academy David Teiger ’47 Gallery for the Studio Arts from Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, October 7, 2022.

LA-based and born and raised in Mumbai, India, Sharma makes art that addresses the issues of memory, identity, multiculturalism and mythology. Her exhibit, Circularity, is composed of photographs that capture her creative ideas across time. Among these are several pieces from the series ‘Darshan,’ which has garnered critical acclaim. The work consists of photographically recreated classical images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses that are pivotal to mythological stories in Hinduism. Most commonly used in the context of Hindu worship, Darshan is a Sanskrit word that means “apparition” or a “glimpse.” 

“Having left a ritual-driven community in India, my move to the United States precipitated an enormous culture shift,” says Sharma. “It was this cultural paralysis that motivated me to use my one medium of worship – the camera- to study, construct and deconstruct the mythologies of my land.” Sharma’s work has been seen in the New York Times, VICE Magazine, CNN, LA Times, The Huffington Post and NPR, to name a few. Works from her projects have been published, exhibited and traveled to galleries, museums and festivals worldwide. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Carlos Museum, Birmingham Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as a number of private collections.

In addition to sharing her work with the Newark Academy community, Ms. Sharma will engage in a one-week residency in which she will share her expertise, knowledge and process with students. The Teiger Gallery is located in the center of the Elizabeth B. McGraw Arts Center on the campus of Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey.

 If you are interested in visiting the exhibit, please contact Gallery Director Elaine Brodie at ebrodie@newarka.edu
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