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Afterlife is the sixth chapter of Vasantha Yogananthan’s long-term project, A Myth of Two Souls, inspired by, and offering a modern retelling of the epic tale the Ramayana. Presented exclusively in Australia for PHOTO 2022, draws inspiration from the imagery associated with this myth and its pervasiveness in everyday Indian life, Yogananthan has retraced the legendary route from north to south India.
For this chapter—Yogananthan travelled to Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu to photograph people attending Dussehra, a Hindu festival celebrating the victory of good over evil.
Afterlife explores death and reincarnation through the epic battle between Prince Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu) and the 10-headed demon king Ravana, with the characters depicted by festival goers Yogananthan encountered in costumes and painted faces. People attending Dussehra seek to reach a trance-like state and Yogananthan has created collages that mix several pictures together to put the viewer in a similar state of disorientation.
Curated by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2022. Presented in partnership with Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Supported by FINI Frames.