An unfolding dialogue between all forms of being is capable of shifting meaning within contemporary culture and society. The roots of conscious development descend in the intuitive sensibility to perceive the unity between the natural and the humane, removing the barriers to the sensorial so to preserve and reinstall sacredness in a cyclical and spiritual perspective on life.
Bodhi Shola is a visual artist raising awareness on the interconnection between intimacy, sacredness and nature, addressing acceptance in contemporary social culture.
Informed by her experiences and studies in contact with eastern philosophies, indigenous plant medicine and meditation, the awareness towards a balanced, transversal and ecological development of society is at the core of the artist’s creation.
It is through the symbolical and dream infused language of the creative medium that Bodhi Shola imbues a ritualistic vision into the themes of the collective,
supporting equality as well as the preservation of environmental biodiversity and earth-based heritage. The onirical layer is transported into the factual by the means of photographic imagery that documents landscapes for preservation, medicinal plant species and recreates ceremonial practices that address social issues through the lens of delicate intimacy.
The artworks are created using products sourced from local and fair-trade artisanal businesses, supporting women employment and the adoption of
organic, recyclable and/or compostable materials within the oeuvre itself.
Each element displayed in the imagery is carefully chosen for its meaning, healing properties and its ethical background in relation to the location of the shooting.
Bodhi Shola’s work has been shortlisted for the 2020 Foam Paul Huf Award and exhibited between Europe and United States as part of several group exhibitions. Selected shows include Fotografiska Museum, Tallin and NY; Armani Silos, Milan ; Red Hook Labs Gallery, NY ; Beacon Gallery, Boston ; Leica Gallery, Milan. Her work has been presented in publications including The Ny Times Magazine, Vogue Italia, The British Journal of Photography, Atmos Magazine, South China Morning Post, Dear Dave Magazine and Harpers Bazaar.
COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS and NOMINATIONS
2020 * Shifting perspectives in fashion photography,
PhotoVogueFestival by Vogue Italia, Milan
2020 * IPA Honourable Mention, Fine Art category
2020 * Foam Paul Huf Award Nomination
2019 * Future Shock , Fonderia Napoleonica, Milan
2019 * Photographing the Female ,Beacon Gallery, Boston
2018 * Italian Panorama , Armani Silos, Milan
2018 * The New Beautiful , Affordable Art Fair, Milan
2017 * PhotoVogue Festival , Spazio BASE, Milan
2017 * Serendipity, Spazio Comando Militare, Milan
2017 * Uncensored - Girl Gaze , Los Angeles
2017 * The New Beautiful curated by Vogue Italia,
Museo Bagatti Valsecchi court, Milan
2017 * Labs New Artists , Red Hook Labs Gallery, NY
2017 * PhotoVogue in Portraits by Vogue Italia and Leica ,
Leica Gallery, Milan
2016 * Pink Pistols, Doomed Gallery, London
EDITORIAL AND PRESS
The NY Times Magazine
Odiseo by Folch
Dear Dave Magazine
South China Morning Post
Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine
The British Journal of Photography
ARTIST LECTURES and TEACHINGS
2019-2023 * Thesis mentorship for photography,
IED Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan
2019 - 2022 * Art direction for photography ,
IED Istituto Europeo Design, Milan
2020 * Lecture : Process of Unveiling,
Heimtextil, Frankfurt am Main
2018 * Lecture : Creative collaboration,
University of Arts Bournemouth , UK
2018 * Lecture : Fashion Photography ,
College of Fashion - University of Arts, London
2017 * Talk : #Untaggable for Audi and Vogue Italia , Milan