By Kirtan/Frederic Martin Duchamp
7th to 22nd October 2022
Monday to Saturday 2pm to 5pm
Opening Friday 7th October at 4pm
Tao Te Ching
Look at it: nothing to see.
Call it colorless.
Listen to it: nothing to hear.
Call it soundless.
Reach for it: nothing to hold.
Call it intangible.
it merges into oneness,
not bright above,
not dark below.
Never, oh! Never can it be named.
It reverts, it returns to unbeing. Call it the form of the unformed, the image of no image.
Call it unthinkable thought.
Face it: no face.
Follow it: no end.
Holding fast to the old Way, we can live in the present.
Mindful of the ancient beginnings, we hold the thread of the Tao.
Welcome to Presence and Flow – an exhibition of photographs from different parts of the world by Kirtan / Frederic Martin Duchamp.
When we are present with the Presence, we are also present to something that is Flowing – a dancing Grace, a tender lucidity.
In that dancing, the medium and the message are one. It is a Self-absorbed Meaning or a State of Being in the Universal Now.
“The present moment is an embodied realization. Accessing the power of presence is more than a physical experience – it is the alignment of body, mind, and spirit with the Source.” (Kim Eng)
Presence through movement enables us to come back to inner balance, resulting in ease and flow with the present moment. It aligns us with our true nature, which is awareness.
The experience of flow is universal and has been reported to occur across all classes, genders, ages, and cultures, and it can be experienced during many types of activities.
Flow is defined as “a subjective, mental state contributing to optimal experience, which is characterized by complete absorption in an activity, at a given moment in time” (Csikszentmihalyi)
If you’ve ever heard someone describe a time when their performance excelled and they were “in the zone,” they were likely describing an experience of flow. Flow occurs when your skill level and the challenge at hand are equal.
Presence and flow are deeply rooted in the act of dance. This exhibition wants to be a celebration of these states of Being that we all can experience through movement and music.
For photographers, perhaps the most mobile of all artists, the road is a natural home. Daily life, performing art, sacred architecture, flowers, children, blurred photography are my main motivations, inspirations to take out my camera from my bag, and contemplate inner life through it, photo is coming out of this process, result is only a way of sharing intimacy without words.
Still a beginner in photography, I’ve been sharing my encounters in different countries, France, Portugal, Morocco, India; with different people, ages, sensibilities; in different spaces, galleries, cafés, streets, gardens, festival; with the intention to create new connections for new discoveries.
Still I’m in the exploration and the fascination of the “Decisive Moment” of Henri Cartier Bresson, expressed as witnessing an event that is ephemeral and spontaneous, where the image represents the essence of the event itself.