Amit Desai’s Transcendance at The Empty Gallery

By Butterboom Writers  /  March 9, 2015

The Empty Gallery presents Transcendance, a new photographic series by Indian-American artist Amit Desai, from 7 March to 7 June 2015. The exhibition will feature 19 full-length colour portraits of Desai’s trive of native New Yorkers, as part of the artist’s photographic exploration of America.


Desai uses dance to highlight his approach to the camera as an artistic tool. For Transcendance, he uses a 4 X 5 Toyo Camera to capture rich details in his subjects and transformed a room into a space that is flushed with hyper-saturated and patently artificial lights. His subjects are bathed in a psychedelic glow, casting quite a unique luminous aura. Those looking at the result of this are confronted with the beauty of frozen “dancers” that conveys strength, vulnerability and mystery.

The artist spent his early childhood on a mango farm in Gujarat, India, before moving to New York. In 2001, he began a 10-year journey on the road where he travelled across all 50 states and documented the country through his works. He now lives and works in India.

The Empty Gallery hosts various experimental arts from multimedia to music to dance, poetry and performing arts. It is open to emerging and established artists from around the world.


Date: 7 March to 7 June 2015, Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm
Where: The Empty Gallery, 19th Floor, Grand Marine Center, 3 Yue Fung Street, Tin Wan, Hong Kong.

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