Dhruv Malhotra is Artist in Residence of the Spring 2014 residency period of studio das weisse haus.
“The night has always held a powerful appeal for me,
the silence, the heightened sense of the passage of
time and the absence of disturbance has driven me
to look. I like the fact that the longer one looks, the
more becomes visible as the eye adjusts and this
carries over into my photographs where I expose
long enough to reveal what is ordinarily left dark.
I lived in Noida from 2007 till 2010 and photographed
this vehemently developing suburb of Delhi. Noida has
been assaulted by rapid development for more than a
few decades – roads, bridges and flyovers,
underpasses, malls and the metro.
Construction sites and vacant plots dot the landscape.
I was very intrigued by the desolate spaces –
places that lie on the edge of urbanity, inhabiting a
borderland,null spaces that are almost invisible.
While photographing these silent spaces within the city,
wandering at night I would come upon people sleeping
out in the open and I began to photograph them.
People sleep under the open sky in many places in
India. It is a common phenomenon throughout the
country and I spent several years traveling India making
pictures for Sleepers.
The sleeping figure acted as a metaphor for me, for the
general state of my own life. Inherent in the idea of the
Sleeper is the genesis of an awakening. The sleeping
figure worked as a metaphor for this dormant potential.
My intent was to make images of people sleeping out in
the open, in the context of their environment, the built
urban landscape. I am interested in the way people
occupy open spaces, the space around the Sleepers is
as important for me as the Sleepers themselves.
I have photographed Noida Soliloquy (2007-2010) and
Sleepers (2007-2012) at night using a medium format
film camera and a tripod and the images are exhibited
at two sizes – 24×30 inches and 33.4×42 inches.”
Dhruv Malhotra (b.1985) grew up in Jaipur. He majored in Economics from Mumbai University in 2006. Being chronically unable to sleep at night, he wanders the streets with his Mamiya 6×7 and a sturdy tripod. His work focuses on urban areas and cities at night and engages with issues of progress, modernity and the otherworldly.
Photoink, New Delhi, 2010 ‐ Noida Soliloquy
Photoink, New Delhi, 2013 ‐ Sleepers
Chatterjee & Lal, Bombay, 2013 ‐ Selection from Noida Soliloquy & Sleepers
New Work – New Releases, Dumbo, New York Photo Festival, New York, 2011
Letters to Olana, New York Public Library, New York, 2012
New Ways of Looking at the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010, curated by Martin Parr, UK
The Matter Within, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; San Francisco, USA 2011-12
Transitions: Urban Studies, curated by Deepak Ananth, at The British School in Rome, 2012
Noida Soliloquy –
Festival International de Mode et de Photographie; Hyeres, France, 2010 Skoda Award Show, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, 2011
De Standaard, Belgium
Photo+, South Korea
New Statesman, United Kingdom Internazionale, Rome Cityscapes, South Africa
Joerg Colberg – Conscientious
Paul Moakley ‐ Time Lightbox
Rosalyn D’Mello ‐ ArtInfo India
Selected, World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, 2012
SVA Photoglobal NYC Residency Award at Hyeres Festival, France, 2010
Selected, Hyeres Festival, France, 2010
Dhruv Malhotra, Photoink Gallery, Untitled from
Sleepers, 33.6 X 42 in, 2009