Ram Shergill is an artist who captures a kaleidoscope of different cultures through his photography. Merging biomimicry with adornment the work explores metamorphosis, taking on the concept of Deleuze and Guattari’s theories of ‘becoming other’.
Deleuze and Guattari state: “In fact, the self is only a threshold, a door, a becoming between two multiplicities” (1987, p.249 A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia).
Internationally recognised for his contribution to the industry, considered as one of the key imagists of the avant-garde ‘Cool Britannia’ fashion scene, Ram remains at the forefront of his visual field, using both photography and fine art to create a discussion that questions the notion of identity, dress, and the power of performance.
Initially Ram Shergill worked with Philip Treacy on a project and consequently was introduced and mentored into the world of fashion and art by Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen, Ram became a force within the art world himself. Ever since working with Alexander McQueen in the early stages of his career, he has been inspired by the fashion icon that once stressed to him that he was influenced by the macabre.
His work has been shown in exhibitions worldwide including Sotheby’s, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Leica Gallery Los Angeles, Somerset House and the Whitechapel Gallery. Shergill has had a book published by Thames & Hudson titled, ‘India Fantastique’ celebrating couturiers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. Ram continues to work for international editions of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The Times, The Observer, BOY and W magazine. He has also created highly innovative campaigns and books/ catalogues for Galeries Lafayette, Gilan Diamonds, Leica Camera, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.
Ram Shergill has recently had a selection of his work acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, which are currently on display in the Contemporary Collection alongside artists such as David Hockney and Tracey Emin.
Vogue (UK, Italy, Brazil, India, China), Harpers Bazaar, W Magazine, GQ, Dazed, i-D, Wallpaper, Creative Review, M -The Magazine for Leica M Series Photography
Galeries Lafayette, Dior, Gilan, Gucci, Wella, Leica
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, London, 2019
PXPLUS FESTIVAL, Essex, 2018
THE OLD BANK VAULT, London, 2018
OXO TOWER, GALLERY@OXO, London, 2018
LONDON CRAFT WEEK, 2018
LEICA GALLERY, Los Angeles, 2018
CONTINI ART UK, London, 2017
PHOTO LONDON, Somerset House, London, 2015
JODHPUR PALACE, Rajasthan, 2015
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, Kolkataa, 2015
TASVEER GALLERY, Mumbai, 2015
LEICA GALLERY, London, 2015
SAFFRON ART, Mumbai, 2014
SAFFRON ART, Delhi, 2014
SOTHEBY’S LONDON INDIA FANTASTIQUE, London, 2013
STATION KUHNSTAHL GALLERY, Frankfurt, 2001
WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, London, 1999
THE GALLERY LIVERPOOL, Liverpool, 2019 (upcoming)
MEN IN SKIRTS, V & A publications, 2003
INDIA FANTASTIQUE, Thames and Hudson, 2012
PHILIP TREACY, Rizzoli, 2013
KALEIDOSCOPE, Tasveer Editions, 2014
INDIA FANTASTIQUE, 2nd Edition, Thames and Hudson, 2016