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Photographer Sahil Mane displays his controversially-titled collection of photographs in the city

entertainment Updated: Jun 15, 2011 15:11 IST
Prayag Arora-Desai
Prayag Arora-Desai
Hindustan Times

Photography aficionados in Mumbai have something abstract to feast their eyes on all this month. The exhibition, titled Orgasm! is a compilation of 24 representational photographs by conceptual artist Sahil Mane, with each image being a different construal of what the word 'orgasm' implies.

The idea behind Orgasm! as Sahil puts it, is to capture the "tempo, tone, texture, intensity and passion of an entire sexual episode." He adds, "Sex is a wonderful, perfectly natural, organic experience. Unfortunately, there is something very wrong with society's perception of it." Thus, while his work doesn't send out any brazen social message, it boldly attempts to distil the various facets of lovemaking down to the basics.

Sahil employs a variety of techniques when it comes to giving his ideas their creative form. These include using water drops, ferrofluid, and even sound sculptures to create abstract, richly coloured visuals. Abhijeet Rane, a young art enthusiast viewing the show remarked, "I don't entirely understand the connotations behind each and every image. With no regard to the concept however, just the colours and shapes in themselves are enough to make you do a double or triple take at every photograph." Amateur opinions aside, Orgasm! has also garnered praise from such renowned art critics as Yuriko Lochan and Seema Kohli, in addition to being selected by Andpersand Magazine as one of the 32 most creative ideas by an Indian.

On a conclusive note, Mane lets out that he will be following up his critically acclaimed debut with another collection of photographs, titled Multiple Orgasms, which can be expected sometime near September this year.

First Published: Jun 15, 2011 14:15 IST