This photography project explores material cultures from two geographically separated, yet interrelated places: India and Colombia. The objects in the photographs constitute material culture, not because they are physical artifacts, or because of their form or functionality. They are material culture because their plasticity is a window to encounter stories, practices, ways of doing and knowing, shared by people in opposite geographies.
I speak about what objects mean, instead of what they are. The stories and encounters portrayed in this project are not representative of the essence of these places, nor do they serve as cultural tokens. This story is told from a singular point of view through objects in my everyday environments. At the same time, the images are spaces where plural ways of doing converge. Although the objects appear static, they are always in movement and change.
Conversations is also an opportunity to challenge stereotypical portrayals of Colombian culture as narco and the Indian one as exotic. It invites the reader to surpass those superficial accounts by discovering the transcendence of seemingly utilitarian and simple things, through an intimate journey of meanings.