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Exhibtion: Max Kandhola "The Aura of Boxing" at NAE

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Exhibition launching at the New Art Exchange. Max Kandhola has been documenting boxers and their environment since 1996. For this exhibition, Max has photographed Nottingham born and three time world champion boxer, Carl Froch.

  • From: Saturday 1 February 2014, 12 am
  • To: Monday 21 April 2014, 12 am
  • Location: New Art Exchange, 39-41, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 6BE
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The Aura of Boxing encapsulates Max's ability to research through the act of photography, using his camera as a means to explore and unveil the depths of life. In this collection the explicit representation of the traditional 'fight' is avoided; instead Max explores conflicts within the fighter. Kandhola focuses on the ring and the gym as spaces for preparation and meditation in an attempt to capture the boxers' aura in these moments of psychological intensity; the moments shortly before entering the ring and after leaving it, during which the boxer truly is vulnerable and yet often unnoticed.

Using boxing as a metaphor, Kandhola's research reflects upon the psychological gesture of performance in the sport and the ritual of the individual boxers. In addition, the work documents the attempted flight from inner-city poverty that is common to many young boxers. Exploring how these athletes have been cocooned by the social pressures of the inner-city, Kandhola's work reveals the impact and presence of mind that manifests within this urban landscape, reflecting the politics of class and clan.

The Aura of Boxing will be launched at three venues in 2014. In addition to this show at New Art Exchange, two other distinct exhibitions will be presented at Rich Mix, London and Quad's Chocolate Factory. The research and development of Aura of Boxing has been made possible with generous support from Nottingham Trent University.

Launch Event:

Friday 31 January 2014
6 pm - 9 pm

Exhibition opening featuring speeches by Skinder Hundal, Pete James and Max Kandhola.

Max Kandhola will also be signing copies of his newly released book The Aura of Boxing.  

If you would like to attend this launch event, please RSVP via email or call +44 (0)115 924 8630.

For more information on the launch event, visit the launch event page on the New Art Exchange website.

To find out more about the exhibition and full details of opening hours, please visit the Aura of Boxing exhibition page on the New Art Exchange website.

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New Art Exchange
Gregory Boulevard

Travel Info:

For full details on travel information, please visit the New Art Exchange website.

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