Albarran Cabrera, Japan 2013, Pigment print over gold leaf on Japanese paper

“The Mouth Of Krishna”


By Albarran Cabrera

From 22 January, 2015
To 11 February, 2015

There is the story of the infant Krishna, wrongly accused of eating a bit of dirt. His mother, Yashoda, coming up to him with a wagging finger scolds him: “You shouldn’t eat dirt, you naughty boy.” “But I haven’t,” says the unchallenged lord of all and everything, disguised as a frightened human child. “Tut! Tut! Open your mouth,” orders Yashoda. Krishna does as he is told. He opens his mouth and Yashoda gasps. She sees in Krishna’s mouth the whole complete entire timeless universe, all the stars and planets of space and the distance between them, all the lands and seas of the earth and the life in them; she sees all the days of yesterday and all the days of tomorrow; she sees all ideas and all emotions, all pity and all hope, and the three strands of matter; not a pebble, candle, creature, village or galaxy is missing, including herself and every bit of dirt in its truthful place. “My Lord, you can close your mouth,” she says reverently. In any part of the universe there is a whole universe –Hamlet saw the infinite space in a nutshell; William Blake saw a world in a grain of sand, a heaven in a wild flower, and eternity in an hour. This idea is the origin and main lead of our photographic work. We are the universe pretending to be isolated individuals. Our reality as we know it, is the result of the union between the observer and what is observed. We live in a deeply ordered chaos inside a continuous web connected by invisible threads. Touch this web at any point and the whole will quiver. It was Goethe who said that in nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it. Our conscience is a wrinkle in the universe asking about itself. With a photograph a new wrinkle is created. This “wrinkle” is not only an image, but also a three-dimensional object, a trigger for the mind of the viewer.The rhythms of nature give us the opportunity to show this cosmic complexity using photography. Photographing these images we are not describing the motif; rather the experience of universe multiplicity generated by them.

Where

Information Center, Beirut Jewellery Souks
Beirut Central District

When

From 22 January, 2015
To 11 February, 2015

12:00pm - 8:00pm