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Essence & Light – Images by Cheryl J Hoffmann, March 2 – 31, 2012

By February 26, 2012Hallway Events, Past Events

My first solo photo exhibit will be held in March 2012, by the grace of the Indian Cultural Center, Kuala Lumpur. The space is lovely – enough for 35 photos – and active with music, dance, and language classes, as well as programs in the auditorium. I am pleased to be going there with my photography, for my first foray into the public forum . It is a warm and hospitable space, blessed by the Hindu pantheon and divine inspiration, where my images of the South Indian community in Malaysia seem right at home. The images reflect the beauty and spirituality of the Hindu religion as it is expressed in ceremonies in Malaysia. There are, of course, images from Thaipusam, in which I find a way to reflect quiet in that tumultuous celebration. There are also images of temple consecrations and lots of hands and color and a sense of the commitment that both individuals and the community make to spiritual well-being.

It has been an interesting experience, culling my images. I have a wide range of photos to choose from. This selection seemed appropriate to the audience at ICC, as well as reflecting my photographic style. I have also printed these photos myself, using an Epson 3850, installed for the purpose in my apartment. What a learning curve that has been, with lots of late nights and empty ink canisters. But I feel as if I own this exhibit, both it’s strengths and it’s weaknesses. That is the kind of situation that requires a few deep breaths now and then! But I am really pleased to be offering these images up for public view. A special thanks to all my friends who have supported me with encouragement. And of course, I offer humble appreciation to the people in these images. I am grateful for their trust. This isn’t really a solo exhibit at all.

I hope that you will come and visit the exhibit. The Indian Cultural Center is located in CapSquare, convenient to the Dang Wangi LRT.
On March 7, Mano Maniam, the esteemed Malaysian actor and environmental activist, will officiate at the exhibit opening. Kumar Karthigesu, the charming, Sitar Maestro will bless the space with his music. You are welcome to join us that evening. I look forward to seeing you there.


Author Cheryl

Rarely without my camera, I am inspired by energy in a crowd, the peacefulness of light, and the intensity of spirit. Based in Malaysia, I photograph rituals and traditions, ceremonies and celebrations, beliefs and ideas.

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