Lost Gardens is a hand made, beautiful artist’s book, signed and numbered, inspired by a commissioned series exhibited at the Southbank Centre, London (July-October 2016).

Edition: 100

Context:
Lost Gardens describes a visual journey that takes for its starting point the artist’s memories of the rose garden in Pune, India, an idyllic spot he would visit with his mother to choose their own roses, and watch the gardener cut and trim them. The garden represented a place of solace, contemplation, and unity between humans and nature. It was then sold and the rose beds built over during the economic expansion.

Taking the cue from these personal observations, the artworks invite the spectator onto a journey into an intricate maze of layers of meaning. For each of the 12 works multiple readings become possible, depending on the viewer’s own experiences and personal history. In the artist’s collages, carefully crafted from sewing patterns, geometrical shapes arise out of found historical material, creating visual stories and socio-political commentary through subtle editing and arranging. To the political eye, an emotion of loss meets the human longing for structure, but encounters instead the brutal mechanism of market guided gentrification and urban destruction. The garden becomes a metaphor for an endangered refuge, a cultural shelter created through careful communal cultivation and at constant risk to political recklessness. Putting a multicultural approach and historical roots side by side at the heart of his practice, Lost Gardens becomes the artist’s reminder of the fragility of the precious garden of beauty that is human culture.

Hand-bound by award winning designer bookbinder Manuel Mazzotti.

Graphics and Typography Kieran McGlone

Special thanks to Oliver Krug and the Southbank Centre.

Photography: Marco Pereira

Each book is made in a Concertina binding with hardcover, hand crafted utilising Wicotex® Dubletta as covering material. The concertina is made with Lambeth 280 gsm acid free paper.

The 12 artworks printed on Canon 7000 digital press.

Dimensions:
L: 26 x W: 21 x D: 1.5 cm
The concertina measures 300 cm.
The limited edition artist book can be either acquired in a hand crafted hardback slipcase or a paper wrap.

Download Catalogue for Lost Gardens Artist’s Book.

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