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Walking around

By Rocío Casas Bulnes

Every photograph by Prem Sarjo shows a non-manipulated urban scene in broad daylight. Urban life has two different sides: one overt and another hidden, for we often miss what lies right in front of us. Similarly, human relationships develop along these guidelines, which are related to what is morally correct. But there is another side that remains buried, far from people’s gaze and which, most of the time, we ourselves don’t even notice.

Art: YAM Gallery presents: Walking Around, Photographs by Prem Sarjo. Fri, Feb 24, 6pm. YAM Gallery, Ancha de San Antonio 20 int.1, 415 15 06052,,

The street is the space where social life flourishes. Its guts lie beneath our feet though we may never stop to think about it.

The names given to these pictures guide the observer towards a new interpretation. Most of them are directed towards a fresh and innocent sense of humor. However, there is a harshness which cannot be ignored.

The poetry in the photographs that make “Walking Around” is a very subtle one, because they reflect the notions of life and death with a mystical tone. We may think that this poem is in a situation of conflict but it is actually quite the opposite, for it is always rooted in reality. It never departs from it. That is why we can’t escape the sparkling beauty of these photographs: it is finding the elegance within the corrupting bodies, morphed into strange butterflies. Dead things carry the voices of those beings, which no longer can see them. That is why although there is never a person in these photographs, people are always the protagonist, saying: “we are freer than  we think.”

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