Mohit Bhatia

Mohit Bhatia

India, born in 1983

Mohit Bhatia’s photo series questions the reading offered by the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) movement of the Bhagavad Gita, a Sanskrit poem whose title means literally “Song of the Blessed One” that constitutes one of the main textual sources of Hindu wisdom. Bhatia photographs present tableaux inspired by Plato’s allegory of the cave. His protagonists appear as incarcerated and as isolated as the prisoners in the philosopher’s allegory which demonstrates how the human condition prevents man from attaining intelligible knowledge. The metaphor is developed visually in contrasting chiaroscuro images that recall the darkness and the shadows on the wall in Plato’s cave. The texts accompanying the images juxtapose original extracts from the sacred scriptures with their interpretation by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of ISKON, that reveal his erroneous readings of Hindu teaching. In combination, the textual studies and metaphorical images coolly expose the prelate’s manipulations and denounce the state of ignorance in which the sect lives. 


NID – National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar, India, since 2012

Mohit Bhatia, Hare Krsna Hare Rama, de la série Medium IS CON, 2014
Tirage jet d’encre
75 x 50 cm
© Mohit Bhatia

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