Delhi-based noted fashion designer and couturier JJ Valaya has distinguished himself as a fine art photographer, synergizing the past and the present in his lusciously produced photography book, Decoded Paradox (2011). His 27-year experience across the fields of fashion, textile, craft, embroideries and furniture design has inspired his photographs, the interdisciplinarity of his experience enriching the visual imagery of his photographs, imbuing their subjects with an aura of fluidity between their antiquity and contemporaneity.
The exhibition Lalaari, showcases the coming together of the artist, the mediator, the embroiderer, the craftsman, the weaver and the designer in a unified language that shall be unique to this exhibition.
His photographs, which mostly revolve around portraiture and architecture, present silent stories bridging together how Valaya sees his subjects, his impression of how the world sees them and, finally, as who they really are. Creating layers and dimensions in his works, which range from black and white and eventually graduate to colour, the exhibition, then, will provide a glimpse of Valaya’s curious perception, his artistic approach and his visually opulent storytelling.