Sewanee’s University Art Gallery will open the 2013 – 2014 exhibition season with Pradip Malde’s The Third Heaven, Photographs from Haiti, 2006-2012, on view from September 3 through October 18, 2013. Malde’s beautiful color photographs are grouped in long strips applied directly to the Gallery walls, fostering a complex, immersive, and empathetic experience for the viewer. In Malde’s words, “the problem of Haiti matters to all of us.”
As part of The Sewanee Arts Festival, Sept. 11-21, The University Art Gallery will host two events in association with The Third Heaven. On Friday, Sept. 13, Malde will present the exhibition in an artist’s talk at 4:30 in Convocation Hall, next to the UAG, followed by a light reception. On Saturday, September 21, in conjunction with a campus wide, after hours Gallery Walk, the UAG will host a Haitian-inspired food tasting catered by Ivywild, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.
Roadside trees, sleepers, the open spaces of abandoned buildings, rain, all appear in in The Third Heaven. These photographs, observations of fragments of experience, are meditative in tone. Avoiding the drama, and trauma, that are all too easily associated with Haiti, with these photographs Malde seeks the “quieter attitudes” he has experienced during his many trips to the country, and to “point to kindness, resilience, tenacity, and resourcefulness,” in face of the country’s lack of infrastructure and effective government.
Pradip Malde is a professor of art at the University of the South. He teaches classes in photography, documentary photography and electronic media. Since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1980, he has lived and worked as a photographic artist and teacher in Scotland and Tennessee. Malde has exhibited in Europe and the USA, and has works in numerous collections including the Princeton University Museum, Princeton, NJ, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. He first traveled to Haiti in 2006, with S. Dixon Myers, Coordinator of Outreach Ministries at the University of the South. He has returned at least once a year since then, and is currently working with students from the Episcopal University of Haiti in Port Au Prince, on a documentary photographic project about community action and citizenship.
Sewanee’s University Art Gallery is located on Georgia Avenue on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The gallery is free, accessible, and open to the public. Hours are 10 – 5 Tuesday through Friday and 12 – 4 on Saturday and Sunday. Please call (931) 598-1223 for more information.
– from the University Art Gallery website, courtesy of Gallery Director Dr. Shelley MacLaren