GUWAHATI, Oct 20 - �The Speaking Tree� � an exhibition based on abstract and minimalist photography, will be held at the twin galleries of Gauhati Artists� Guild from November 10 to 15. Works by the active members of some prominent photography associations and invited photo-artists hailing from the State will be displayed at the event.
Eminent artist Noni Borpuzari will inaugurate the show on November 10 at 6 pm. The function is scheduled to commence at 5.15 pm.
Being organised by Jorhat-based socio-cultural group �Bornil�, the exhibition will be dedicated to the memories of eight schoolmates of the 1986 HSLC batch of Balya Bhavan, Jorhat, who passed away at various times since 1987 � Preetam Dutta, Mitali Kalita, Ranjan Rashmi Sarma, Jitumoni Bora, Mintumoni Bora, Sankumoni Bordoloi, Pallab Bora and Swarup Sharma.
A broader objective of this exhibition, however, is to effect a paradigm shift in the way photography is viewed in this part of the country. It is being based on the concept of �abstract and minimalist photography� to harness the potential of photography to act as a strong medium for mirroring subtle sensibilities, as well as to give viewers a spiritual relief from the stressful din and bustle of modern-day life.
�Besides honouring the departed souls, we are making a parallel attempt at popularising abstract and minimalist photography in the State,� stated Debashish Bezbaruah, secretary of the exhibition organising committee of the Bornil group.
�An abstract image is not a literal representation of a scene or an object. It�s a way to look at the world creatively, rather than simply as a visual record. An abstract artist or photographer strives to show an image or an emotion in a different way than it would normally be seen or presented,� he said.
�As for minimalist photography, it depends on high simplicity, using a minimal amount of compositional components such as shape, colour, line, etc. The goal is to convey a concept or an idea through this simplicity and provoke an emotional response in the viewer and provide a unique visual experience,� Bezbaruah explained.
�The entire exhibition will be an experimental effort, so we can�t say it would be a flawless one. The concept would possibly take time to strike roots and evolve in this part of the world, but hopefully people�s positive response and support would give it a new direction,� he added.