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Aaj Tak, by Linka Odom, is an outdoor photographic light box installation that takes the viewer on a visual journey through modern India – Aaj Tak loosely translates as ‘til today’ in the Hindi language. In 2012/13 Odom passed four months backpacking throughout India. During this time she traveled from the highest province of Ladakh to the Southern most region of Kerala. Ms. Odom’s colorful, edgy images of India represent this vast, vibrant and constantly shifting country with a modern eye. Using multi-media materials and backlit photographs, the Aaj Tak installation takes people on both a physical and visual journey, which mimics the experience of traveling. The photographs are displayed back to back in double-sided light boxes, and relate to one another, allowing the viewer to make connections, establishing setting, and deepening the relationship between the individual images. As an installation, Aaj Tak is best viewed at night, under a dark sky, when the light boxes are at their brightest.

Artist Bios

  • Linka A Odom

    Born with an attraction for the unknown and adventure, Linka A Odom passed many days while growing up creekwalking in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. After graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1997, she satisfied this wanderlust by traveling, exploring, and documenting diverse cultures. Odom has adventured & photographed in more than 30 countries over the last 15 years. Linka began working with multi media materials in 2005 and has since developed a unique way to showcase her work using photographic light boxes. Her installations have traveled to music and art festivals all over the world. In August of 2010, Odom left the U.S. to pursue an advanced degree, graduating in December 2012 from the University of the Arts in London with a Master’s in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography. In 2012, Linka was awarded a Getty Images Creative Grant for her work with photo based installation art. Odom thrives in off the beaten path and unique settings as a freelance photographer and is inspired by ancient civilizations and by people that live on the edge. She is incredibly interested in developing new ways of displaying imagery. Linka is now headquartered in Berlin, Germany.

     

Organizations

  • United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.

    Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.

Aaj Tak

 archive : 2013

Featuring: Linka A Odom

Presented by:

  • United Photo Industries (UPI)
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