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Weaving a portrait

Chetna Dua , Hindustan Times  Location, December 19, 2012
First Published: 17:35 IST(19/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:52 IST(20/12/2012)

Delhi has inspired many artists. American photographer Briana Blasko, 35, who captures the relationship between textiles and dance in her first exhibition in Delhi — Dance of the Weave, talks about being inspired by the culture of the city, finding art in its nook and corners and making it her home. 

Since when are you staying in Delhi?

I first visited India in 2003 for a course in Ashtanga yoga under K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore and kept coming back ever since. I finally decided to make the Capital my home in 2009. 

What made you shift?

The people here are very warm. I made friends with a lot of dancers and cultural performers who helped me to settle in. A lot of my photographs are inspired by the works of Sandhya Raman, a dance costume designer and a close friend in Delhi.

What made you choose dance for photography and then make the offbeat choice of combining it with textile?

I started experimenting with textile before I concentrated on dance as a subject at New York University. I began making sculptures with fabric and threads and observing their movements. My subject of dance in photography began in 1999.

What do you like about Delhi?

Delhi is a green city. I love the green spaces — Lodhi Gardens and Chhatarpur farms. Even small houses in the city have gardens. The fun of gorging on home cooked rajma chawal or gobhi paranthas is indispensable.

One thing you could change in Delhi?

Pollution 

Anything in particular you are very fond of?

I love the variety of live performances and cultural events happening in the city on a daily basis, with easy accessibility. 

Have you visited the textile hubs of Delhi?

Yes. I have been to Chandni Chowk and Nehru Place. It’s a whole world — with lots of colours, crowds and bargaining. I love the range of beads and buttons available at Lajpat Nagar. It’s an endless discovery!


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