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 BazaarThe TimesThe ObserverBOY and W magazine. He has also created highly innovative campaigns and books/ catalogues for Galeries LafayetteGilan DiamondsLeica CameraHarvey Nichols and Selfridges.

Ram Shergill has recently had a selection of his work acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, where he will be giving a talk on the 7th December 2018. 

 

Selected Publications

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

Selected Clients

Galeries Lafayette, Dior, Gilan, Gucci, Wella, Leica

Books

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

Exhibitions

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, London, 2018

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

THE GALLERY LIVERPOOL, Liverpool, 2019 (upcoming)