1Shanthiroad studio/gallery

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE – an exhibition by Lukas Acton

Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 6:30 PM onwards.
Show on till Monday, January 15 till 7PM

Construction sites are zones that represent and embody destruction, re-creation, and the transition of time, place and materials. For a short time, such places become inhabited and animated by workers who probably cannot afford to live in the buildings they are constructing themselves. While the vision and the name of an architect or civil engineer are valorized in our society, the labor of construction workers typically goes unnoticed and unappreciated.
Their skills are evident in the construction of the buildings –  in a very concrete way – but these same buildings quickly shifts towards another purpose as the very buildings they spent countless hours building becomes a vessel to be filled by other people.

This photographic series captures this place of transition through the on-site “ready-made” objects or the “ready to be made” constructions works as I envision them as installations of their own kind, drawing parallels between the practical and the artistic. The photographs are juxtaposed with another set of works – THE HAIR ON MY BODY HAS BECOME HAPPY – a large-scale drawing installation inspired by and based on studies of Indian paintings, and which celebrates same-sex desire.

Lukas works as a photographer, screen printer, illustrator and artist in Bern, Switzerland.