"You really have to work to unseeStezaker when looking at the works of artists who have been around nearly as he has, but whose aesthetic is slowly being devoured by the potency of Stezaker’s influence. It’s a problem too, because an artist like C.K. Rajan who is featured in the show offers a very “now” perspective on photo-collage but seeing his half dismembered bodies floating in, and, in some cases forming, landscapes, and his abrupt but apposite juxtapositions, you feel there’s a kind of lineal descent from Stezaker which logic tells you cannot be there. Rajan’s subject is the economic and cultural modernisation of India, about a million miles from the subject matter of Stezaker, but the oneiric quality to the results of Rajan’s compositional sensibility always seems to merge with a pervasive, if amorphous, Stezakerianism. It’s rather like the works are a kind of meta-montage grafted together unwittingly and unwillingly. Rajan has plenty to say in his own right, but in the all pervasive media age in which we dwell, you have to fight to see its uniqueness. A somewhat Rajanian formulation, come to think of it."

 [Review of Perspectives on Collage: The Photographers’ Gallery in Port Magazine]

 

C.K. Rajan Untitled, 1992-1995 Collage

C.K. Rajan Untitled, 1992-1995 Collage

 

 

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C.K. Rajan Untitled, 1992-1995 Collage © C.K.Rajan Courtesy M HKA, Antwerp

C.K. Rajan Untitled, 1992-1995 Collage © C.K.Rajan Courtesy M HKA, Antwerp

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