One of AUB’s BA (Hons) Commercial Photography lecturers says the opening night of his exhibition at a high-profile London venue was “fantastic”
Award-winning artist Ram Shergill’s show, titled Exoskeleton, is on display at the Gallery@Oxo until Sunday, July 15.
The images featured accentuate the intersections between humans and animals and are a celebration of becoming ‘other’ through the performance and continuous transformation of the ‘self’.
And Ram says his interest in the subject matter was sparked by working with Isabella Blow more than 25 years ago.
He said: “When I asked her why she wore such extravagant clothing, she replied that she wore such garments to ‘protect’ herself.
“The hats by milliner Philip Treacy that Isabella wore frequently were a metaphorical armour and served as an ‘exoskeleton’ to her body, similar to a beetle with a hard exterior shell.”
Ram says post-humanism and bio-mimicry are buzzwords in today’s social theory and have become an essential part of thinking about dress, the expression of identity and purpose of appearance through clothing and adornment of the body.
Speaking about the exhibition’s launch, Ram said: “The opening night was a huge success with many members of press and of the art world.
“I was particularly happy that James Wren from ZSL London Zoo came as the exhibition is about the human and animal relationship, this exhibition will open doors for future collaboration especially in terms of conservation of wildlife through art and photography.
“Many prolific people attended including Grace Bian, a specialist with governmental and business links with China.
“There were also philosophers, artists, journalists and fashion editors, as well as AUB staff and students in attendance.
“I hope this event will enhance the university by putting AUB at the forefront of high-level international exhibitions in London.”
Ram’s career started under the guidance of Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen and he says the guidance they gave him was the start of his long relationship with fashion and art.
He added: “It was through their mentoring that I gained a particular aesthetic that guides my vision.”
Following a successful photographic exhibition earlier this year in West Hollywood, L.A., Ram has previously shown at galleries in the UK and worldwide including Sotheby’s London, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Whitechapel Gallery and Somerset House.
He is known for his portraits of personalities such as Amy Winehouse, Eddie Redmayne and Dame Judi Dench and has recently had his work acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Ram has continuously produced images for publications such as Vogue, ID and The Face and was co-creator of The Protagonist Magazine.
GALLERY@OXO, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH – open daily until July 15 from 11am to 6pm.
For further enquiries please contact: 07595222038 or visit www.oxotower.co.uk/venue/galleryoxo/
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