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India: Business StandardThe lama demonstrates traditional Tibetan healing practices in the forest, his arms outstretched like the branches of the trees around him. Ahead, a white muslin cloth envelops the Jain monk like a cloud, and beyond, the frame is lit up by the beatific expression of a Buddhist teacher blessing an acolyte.
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Deccan ChronicleJanuary 2018Pico Iyer’s preface interspersed with some personal memories set the tone for Within Without, a visual delight that takes you through the Path of the Yogi. The book depicts 71 (black and white and colour) stunning images of Buddhist, Jain, Sufi, Hindu and Christian priests.
Vogue India Meet Briana Blasko, the photographer behind the book Dance Of The Weave, which captures the captivating connections between dancers and handloom textiles. This time Nest, a nonprofit that does exemplary work in the social and economic advancement of global artisans, has collaborated with her to produce a stunning collection of photographs that go “beyond the warp”, showcasing the mastery behind India’s luxurious textile traditions.
The HinduThe fruit of five years spent travelling across India, Briana Blasko’s photographs try to capture the movement of fabric, its breath, its drape by using the dancer’s body as a frame within the frame. Brief text and commentaries from various sources provide the inner discourse of ‘the dialogue between traditional textiles and dance in India’.
Vogue India “Women who dance Bharat Natyam are definitely more concealed, though Kathak dancers today wear sensual, sexy costumes where the mid-riff is exposed,” says photographer Briana Blasko, referring to her photo series Dance Of The Weave currently on exhibit in New Delhi.
The Sunday Guardian I moved here (Delhi) from New York specifically to do this. It was very detailed, very much thought-out, a written proposal,” recalls artist Briana Blasko. Her exhibition of photographs, called Dance of the Weave is currently on display in the capital, courtesy the Vadehra Gallery at Defence Colony. Blasko’s photographs seek to explore the connection between fabric and dance; between the finely calibrated movements of Indian classical dance forms and the flow of the fabrics worn by the dancers themselves.
SelvedgeBriana’s detailed research to find the dances and the images which illustrate the roles of women cloth in Indian dance.
Indian ExpressThe alumnus of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, who has been in the field for close to 12 years now, says that her first visit in 2003 propelled her to explore the idea of discovering the dialog between dance and fabrics.
WSJ: India RealTimeThe focus of many of the photographs in the book is not on the dancer’s face, jewellery or make up, but the fabric they wear, which takes on different shapes as they perform. “It’s about the behavior of the drape and how the dancer brings the fabric to life,” Ms. Blasko said.
TimeOut BengaluruTime Out falls in love with a book that relates traditional textiles and dance.
Tasveer Journal”In her photographic series ‘Dance of the weave’, Blasko documents the textiles and their manifestation in dance forms ranging from Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Chhau and Kathakali, to Manipuri, Odissi and many others. Along with dance performances, the work not only focuses on dancers captured mid-motion but also captures the villages and regions where traditional Indian dance forms originated…”
Financial ChronicleIndian Financial Chronicle review of Brian's Blasko book "Dance of the Weave”.
International New York TimesIn dance photography, Annie Leibovitz became a pivotal influence when I worked with her for three years as a research and production assistant on "Women”, the book she co-authored with Susan Sontag.
The Indian Express
Vogue Briana's book “Dance of the Weave” on the Vogue's bookshelf with a foreword by Donna Karan
Live MintBlasko started by going to the places where the dance forms originated and studied the inextricable relationship with the locally-woven fabric. She went to Kuchipudi village in Andhra Pradesh and then to Hyderabad where she took the first portrait in this series: the 82-year-old Kuchipudi legend Sri Govinda Rajulu Garu on his rooftop, capturing a playful moment celebrating Mangalagiri textile.
Outlook: IndiaDance of the Weave by Briana Blasko is finely curated agglomeration of textile yardage seen through metaphor and visual artifice of Indian Dance- a five- year photographic project "documenting the interplay of dancer and myriad hues, textures, drapes and moods of their costumes”.
NDTVBriana travelled to Tamil Nadu in order to document the process of Indigo making. The photographs reveal a deep appreciation for the arts and crafts of Indian textiles and dance. She spent five years researching for the book, visiting dance schools and interacting with dancers and visiting weaving villages. Captivated by the extravagant beauty of the endless dance forms across India, Briana says she wanted to focus on the classical and folk dance forms -- "I think it has definitely increased my interest in textiles".
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