Western architectural styles fuse with traditional Mughal details, adorning the grand 18th century façades and domestic interiors of Laura McPhee’s (b. 1958) photographic series, which explore the historical fabric of Kolkata in West Bengal. This amalgam of architectural conventions is examined in the context of the multicultural metropolis’s complex pre- and post-colonial relationship with the West. The buildings’ genteel decay provides the backdrop for the layering of personal history and custom. Massachusetts-based McPhee’s large-scale photographs, be they of Bengali zamindars’ stately homes or an expansive Idaho forest, provoke questions about our attitudes with regard to the land we inhabit. This selection encompasses McPhee’s photographs from the Indian subcontinent over the past decade, including images from her latest series on Kolkata, a continuation of The Home and The World, opening at Benrubi Gallery, New York, on 29 October. www.lauramcphee.com.
Having graduated just nine years ago, Dutch designer Iris van Herpen has already achieved the seemingly impossible when it comes to 3D printing.
Both Sides Now: Moments in American Music
National Theatre’s Lyttelton Exhibition Area from 7 April – 1 June will host a photographic exhibition portraying the 1960s singer-songwriters living in Laurel Canyon and the new wave bands in downtown 1970s New York.