I Love MGR (Installation View)

Cop Shiva2010-2015

Chennai Photo Biennale

Chennai Photo Biennale
Chennai, India

Cop Shiva's showcase at Art Houz during Chennai Photo Biennale 2019. This series is a result of the photographer’s interactions with Vidyasagar – a Bangalore resident who would dress up every day as M G. Ramachandran, the politician and a Tamil film icon who cast an overpowering influence on the politics and cinema of Southern India. The intimate portraits are located in Vidyasagar’s home, a private space invaded by Shiva to ‘capture’ the vulnerability, warmth and acceptance of Vidyasagar aka MGR.


  • Title: I Love MGR (Installation View)
  • Creator: Cop Shiva
  • Date Created: 2010-2015
  • Location: Art Houz, Chennai
  • Type: Photograph
  • Original Source: Artist Website
  • External Link: See more at Chennai Photo Biennale's website
  • Exhibition title: I Love Cinema
  • Exhibition Description: Its all about cinephilia.
  • CPB Edition: 2019
  • Artist's biography: Cop Shiva is an artist/photographer and earns his name from his earlier occupation in the Police department. Shiva documents the complexity of rural and urban India, focusing on people and portraiture as a genre. He is fascinated with the idea of masquerade and the roles people play in public and private. His works includes portraits of urban migrants, people of alternative sexuality, street performers etc. living in the hinterland of urban and rural conflict; a representation of a diversity and spirit of our times.

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