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Arles OFF 2015 : Aranka Israni


Anne Clergue presents her latest exhibition , black-and-white nude photographs of women by Aranka Israni. Of Indian origin, Israni is based in New York. Alternating between cultures that fascinated her as a child and sharpened her sense of the unspoken. Central to her work is the acceptance of simultaneous layers of emotional truth in her subject, contrasting and complex, as well as the exploration of the balance of male and female energies. Her photographs of the body reveal the power in vulnerability, the beauty of simplicity to expose creation.

“Aranka Israni’s creations celebrate the honest expressions unique to her subject matter. Her method is rooted in a deep compassion for the individual and honors the source from which we are all an extension.

Shifting often between diverse cultures throughout her youth deeply sharpened Aranka Israni’s sensitivity to the non-verbal. Core to her work is recognition of the layers of simultaneous emotional truth, contrasting and complex, in her subject mat- ter, as well as the exploration of the balance of masculine and feminine energies. Her images expose the power in vulnerability and the beauty of simplicity, and reveal the creation that is simply – human.

Aranka spent a  year at OTIS College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California before receiving her Masters from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has lived in Seattle, Toronto, Dubai, London, Miami and Los Angeles and is currently living and working in New York.

I am intrigued by the capture, preservation and examination of moments between moments. My work is deeply grounded in the reflective process of meditation and representations of energy in transition from one expression of emotion to another. I seek to bring to the physical eye the segues that occur with such rapidity that they most often remain unacknowledged if not hunted and confronted. It is my belief that it is these veiled experiences that are often our most profound.

My course in life has been greatly influenced by experiences of diversity and duality and the very earthly requirements of having to exist within them. Through geographic relocation, cultural disparities, ethnic and gender divergence, religious incongruities, philosophical extremes, and intellectual and spiritual aspiration, I’ve grappled with paradox and celebrated growth.

My experiences have cultivated a need to search for the truths and consistencies within perceived disunion, most pointedly those that flow between masculine and feminine. My work has revealed to me that empty space, ending time and lack of matter do not exist.”


Aranka Israni, Nudes
From Juy 4 to August 22nd, 2015
Galerie Anne Clergue
12 Plan de la Cour
13200 Arles

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