Disparate Connections is a series of photographic diptychs made between 2014 and 2016. The project fulfills my fellowship program requirements in the genre of creative photography for the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
The diptychs consist of juxtaposed images that expect the viewer to interpret and respond. Sixteen of the fifty photographic diptychs I produced are presented in this online gallery.
Every photograph tells its own story. Given the perspective of the viewer, the photograph’s narration will differ depending on the context in which it is seen – alone, juxtaposed with another, or among a collection of similar or dissimilar images. A diptych provokes a dialogue – between the two panels of the diptych as well as between the diptych and the viewer. The two images of the diptych, along with the viewer, form a closed organic triangle that synthesizes the content of the dialogue. The possibilities of this dialogue and reinterpretation remain perpetually.
The organic functionality of a diptych could be compared to that of the human brain. While each cerebral hemisphere is important, neither can function independently as intended. There is perpetual communication within, and between the two halves, resulting in a unified emotion or action. Functionally, the two halves unite into one; the functionality increases exponentially. Hence. the final work of art is formed only in the minds of viewers.
PRESENTATION: Archival Pigment Prints on Cotton Rag, 24 x 36 inches, printed by the artist, hand-signed with date, signature embossed, and stamped.
© Unni Krishnan Pulikkal S.