Anahata is a photography-based project presented as an immersive installation on OLED electronic canvases, multimedia sculptures and traditionally printed photographs. These images are the result of an intimate collaboration between performers, choreographers, costume designers, makeup artists and technicians in which I acted as photographer and director. Choreographed movement was captured with an open-spectrum camera in a purpose-built, UV light studio where dancers performed in handcrafted costumes. The pictures are not the product of digital editing, rather a novel photographic process that produces images true to moments in time.
Sanskrit for “unhurt” or “unbroken”, the word Anahata corresponds to the energy of the heart, the “unstruck sound”, and a harmonic resonance with the celestial realm. Dream-like imagery steeped in archetypal symbolism, mythology and mysticism directs a narrative that transports the viewer to an ancient, eternal place. Abstract but familiar, this place exists within every one of us. It is the provenance of dreams, devotion, prayer, dance, music and silence. The cocoon-like webs which connect us through our stories, journeys, compassion and grace. Anahataexplores human relationships and their connection to the divine.
About John Singletary
John Singletary is a photographer and multimedia artist based in Philadelphia, PA. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from The University of the Arts. His work has been collected by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Center for Fine Art Photography as well as other institutional and private collections. He has exhibited work at the Delaware Contemporary Museum, LG Tripp Gallery, The Pennsylvania State Museum, The James Oliver Gallery and The Sol Mednick Gallery.. He is also a contributing writer for The Photo Review Journal.
John Singletary – Anahata
May 2nd-September 29th, 2019
The Delaware Contemporary Museum
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801