Kathmandu Photo Gallery presents "The Desiring Garden", an exhibition by cinematographer Jamie Maxtone-Graham.
Produced within intensely urban Hanoi, Vietnam, the images on show prey on the perception of the exotic; a Rousseau-like play on an environment in which certain indigenous species of plants, items of human utility, sources of nourishment and people who interact with all of these things, are seen together in an arrangement, upsetting the logic of both the location and the document itself.
The garden is a manufactured one. The flowers, fruit, vegetables and animals purchased in open-air markets or from street vendors and placed within some small area of green space within the dense urbanity of the city.
At once beautiful and illogical, invitingly lush and dark, like a fairy tale, the images might be seen as the Darwinian retort to original sin, the bourgeois consumption of Eden. This is the attempted recollection of a state never known.
The physical view of the people inhabiting the frame, standing within their embellished environments, is that of an outsider, of one who looks upon but not in and is, in turn, unnoticed.
The Desiring Garden will be on show at Kathmandu Photo Gallery from Saturday until Dec 27. The opening reception is on Saturday at 6.30pm. The gallery is located on Pan Road (near Indian Temple), Silom, and opens Tue-Sun from11amto 7pm. Call 02-234-6700.