Sacred Trees of India: Photographs by Deidi von Schaewen
Artist lecture: Wednesday October 8, 11:30am - 1pm, Lecture Hall 1
Opening Reception: Wednesday October 8, 5 - 7pm
Exhibition continues through December 3, 2014
Closed during College holidays: Tue Nov 11 & Mon-Thu Nov 24-27
Evergreen Gallery is extremely pleased to announce the fall exhibition, Sacred Trees of India: Photographs by Deidi von Schaewen. For the past 28 years, von Schaewen has traveled in India, immersing herself in its people and culture, and exploring themes through her photography and video. For her series on the Sacred Trees, she traveled the length and breadth of India. The exhibition in Evergreen Gallery is an opportunity to view these lush, complex images in large-scale, to be surrounded by their energy and power.
Born in Berlin, von Schaewen studied painting at the Berlin Academy of Arts before deciding to concentrate on photography and film. Currently she is based in Paris. She has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, India, North Africa, and the US. Twenty books of her photographs have been published, with one about Sacred Trees of India due out next year. A continuing obsession of hers is to capture on film the ephemeral, aspects of our urban and rural civilizations that are temporary, fleeting, or vanishing with time. For the Sacred Trees of India, it is more a revelation of devotion and accumulation over time, the ability of trees to survive, rejuvenate, transform – in India, trees are not only sacred to the gods, they can actually BE gods.
Von Schaewen was director of photography for a feature film by Robert Cordier in 1972 – a time when it was unusual for a woman to be in that position. She continued as director of photography on other films, and in 1978 she began writing and directing her own films. One of her films, Sravanabelgola, will be showing in Evergreen Gallery as part of the exhibition.
More of Deidi's work can be seen on her personal website.