On our walls: Interview with Nadia Kazolides
Nadia Kazolides talks about perhaps her most controversial photograph “Guns”. This and many other recent photos will be showing at Sangha Yoga Shala as of 7/21/9.
SYS: Can you talk a little bit about the juxtaposition of violence and innocence in “Guns”?
NK: Though this vision of evil stirs up our fears and provokes nightmares, the goofy expressions [on the teenager’s faces] invoke compassion and causes us to question our notion of the world.
SYS: How so?
I love people, I love life. Sometimes I look at what appears to be a violent situation and see innocence. In several of the images selected for Sangha Yoga Shala there is prevalent violence if you look at it at a glance. But upon review you find that the images are not about war but more about anti-war. Not about poverty but about ending poverty.
SYS: What is the connection between these images and yoga practice?
NK: When we go to a yoga shala to practice yoga, it is not because the world is at peace and we want to harmonise with it but even more about the fact that we have been given an opportunity, this chance in our lifetime to make a difference…that is what yoga is about, raising our consciousness and bringing awareness.