Kaamna is a visual artist currently based in Mumbai, India. She has photographed extensively for clients & publications internationally, and her work has been exhibited as part of solo & group shows in France & India since 2009.
Born in Mumbai, India, Kaamna studied English Literature in her home city before pursuing a career in photography. In 2010, she received a scholarship to study photography at Parsons The New School of Design Paris, now Paris College of Art, for whom she is currently the ambassador in Asia.
Kaamna has worked in association with collaborators such as Maria Inc. in Paris, The Bind Collective, Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Gallerie EOF in Paris, Atelier Boba in Paris, Janvier in Paris, The National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, the Jitendra Arya Foundation, Ekla Productions in Paris, Jed Root Europe, Whipping Post Productions in Mumbai, Robert Koch gallery San Francisco at the Paris Photo fair, Big Sky studios in London, Daylight studios in Paris, Brunswick Group India, Leo Burnett India, Le Mill in Mumbai, to name a few. In addition, she has contributed to and has been featured in publications worldwide, including Art India, Elle Norway, Elle India, Vogue India, L’Officiel India, Motherland Magazine, Rough Guides UK, Condé Nast Traveler, the Indian Express, Mid-Day Mumbai, The Hindu, Homegrown, Grazia India, GQ India, Mumbai Mirror, Absolute India, Impressions de Alliance Française de Bombay.
I am influenced by ancient Indian philosophies, particularly by concepts of time as cyclical and perception as illusion, and how this lens animates the whimsical, inexplicable, yet inevitable human experience.
Photography is how I participate in this circus – treating images as visual aphorisms to document thought & observation; developing & cataloging insights gained through experience, experimentation and musings. Multilingual in my approach & working with multiple techniques - analog, digital, archives, serigraphs, mobile phone cameras, screen captures - I believe the process and the narrative find each other, I simply make the connection.
The past and future always lurk in the present, and the camera has the power to tap into the fleeting bursts where all three manifest at the same time, revealing an alternative reality, a truth about our tenancy here in spacetime.
‘Till human voices wake us, and we drown’
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