Diwan Manna is a contemporary Indian Artist known for his soulful images and is one of the first exponents of conceptual photography in India. He is a pioneer among art photographers in the country. A Diwan Manna artwork raises questions about itself and what it represents. He combines images with objects, moving within a consciously chosen space in order to create a multimedia reality. Coming from a painting and theater background his work depicts the possibility of crossing boundaries between photography, painting, acting and the body arts. He seeks to search for a sense of belonging in order to illuminate and valorize life as it is. The effort is simply to attract and enhance attention to the momentary, which is the very basis of the permanence. He tries to come to terms with the insidious and unrecognized forms of the degradation of our sense of life and honour within ourselves as well as in others. He is not merely interested in presenting images of destruction of human goodness, courage and beauty, but tries to tap the unsuspected and as yet unrealized sources of tenderness, fortitude and humanity in us. His artworks have been surprising art viewers for the last thirty five years for their extra medial character. Exhibitions of his work have been held at various prestigious art galleries and museums in Europe and India.
Indo-French Glances Chandigarh-Firminy (Regards Croises Firminy-Chandigarh)
Galleries of Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh October 2007
by Diwan Manna and Michel Dieudonne
Curator: Martine Dancer ( Curator at Museum of Modern Art MOMA, St-Etienne, France)
Foreword in the catalogue of the exhibition
English version of the document in French
It is in Chandigarh that we met Diwan Manna for the first time.
We are very happy to welcome him here, in bateau Lavoir, Paris, a place filled with history and art.