Announcing an Exciting Collaboration with Artist Manjari Sharma

 Photo by Manjari Sharma

Photo by Manjari Sharma

The Squire Foundation announces that internationally renowned and exhibited Artist Manjari Sharma has been chosen to collaborate as a Community Artist, and as our Spring 2019 Artist In Residence, on a very special project that debuted in New York City, specifically in the artist's shower in Brooklyn, NY. Manjari writes, "The Shower Series, started in 2009 where friends and some complete strangers were invited to come into into my home and take showers as I continued to photograph them. The project was risquè and bold in it's premise, but was never intended to be about the naked body. The experience of making this work fast turned into a fascinating social experiment. I found that the simple act of showering, which is highly personal in nature, yet universal in practice became a powerful portal of access. As the light and water danced off my subjects bodies, my toes got wet and lens got fogged, a portrait was created and a multitude of disarming dialogues recorded. Unsuspectingly, people shared very personal stories during their time in that intimate space. One subject discussed what the air felt like when they reached the summit of a treacherous mountain, another shared what it felt like to slowly count their breaths after hearing about crippling loss of a loved one. The water became a vehicle of intimacy, and a conduit for human connection. The shower turned into a pious space of confession that was bound by the fabric of several stories and portraits experienced over the span of three years."

Manjari Sharma born and raised in Mumbai, India has recently transplanted to Southern California after spending twelve years in New York City. Manjari says she is delighted to have this opportunity to be a residency artist under the auspices of The Squire Foundation. After Debuting the project in 2013 in Chelsea, NYC, The Shower Series gets to be resurrected again in Santa Barbara, says Manjari. Manjari looks forward to making work in a home that celebrates the legacy that Morris Squire so passionately left behind. The Squire Foundation plans to have an unveiling of the work created during this residency in March 2019. More details to come.