Sapna Khan will present “In the land of the lost river” at the Spéos Gallery, 7 rue Jules Vallès 75011 Paris, from January 9 to February 16, 2018.
Opening of the exhibition: January 9, from 7pm to 9pm.
Cholisthan, a land riddled with mystery, where each sand dune has unbelievable tales to tell. Legend has it that the Lord of Wind and Water heard the princess, Phulann Rani, singing while bathing in the sacred waters of the River Sarasvati.
The lord fell in love with the princess, and desired to take her to his abode in Mount Kallash in the high Himalayas. Infuriated by her refusal to submit to his wishes, he ordered wind and water to destroy Fort Murrot and everything around it. To thwart the lord, the River Sarasvati changed its course and vanished, taking with it all but the faintest legend of what once lived on its banks.
The only trace of this bygone civilization that now exists is on the faces of its people, forever travelling through the drifting sands in search of their lost River. Sapna Khan followed them on their trail through the land long since abandoned by Sarasvati, and witnessed their unwavering determination to bring her home once again.
Sapna Khan is influenced by literature and the cinema. Her work focuses on narratives and storytelling, an approach she utilizes in the realms of photojournalism and travel portraits. Born in Pakistan in 1987, she has exhibited her work at the Brick Lane Gallery (UK), Nairang Gallery (Pakistan), and Art NouMilenni Gallery (Spain). Sapna received honourable mentions for her work in the 2016 International Photography Awards, and her portrait has been published in Forbes magazine.
Sapna is a Spéos 2014 Alumni from the Professional Photography program in 1 year.