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Sohrab Hura’s ‘Sweet Life’ goes on Show in India

Experimenter presents Sweet Life, an insight into the deeply poetic and personal journey of Sohrab Hura’s relationships within his family and outside

Sohrab Hura

Sohrab Hura An old photograph of Ma. She had not been photographed for about a decade till I took a few photos of her. India. 2009. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

Sohrab Hura’s project Life Is Elsewhere, forms the central body of work in Sweet Life, where the Indian photographer focuses on intimate family life, particularly the relationship to his mother, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. What began as a way to escape his family situation, in time, turned into a method of confronting the realities at home.

The work opens a window into the artist’s life, his need to experience the beauty and precariousness of existence and make sense of the world around him, and then circles back towards home and the relationship between him, his mother and her dog Elsa. Photographed over a period of ten years, it is a search for meaning and closure with the artist questioning, and in time, discovering the banalities of everyday life at home. Life is Elsewhere becomes a kind of personal journal and Hura’s sheer need to experience all that is about to disappear.


Sohrab Hura Elsa, the darling of the house. When my mother is not doing well it affects her the most. India. 2009. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos
Sohrab Hura Ma smokes incessantly. On her bad days sometimes she doesn't believe that I am her son. India. 2006. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos
Sohrab Hura Stormy sea at Elliots Beach. India. 2007. © Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos

At his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Sohrab Hura employs photography, wall drawings, notes as well as sound extractions to build an intense sense of belonging and estrangement, a reflection on what it means to be suddenly left without an anchor.
9 Sep – 10 Nov 2017
Opening Preview: Saturday 9 Sep, 6 – 8pm