In all of Bali, the temple gates are flanked by pairs of 'Raksaka's', club-wielding temple guards carved in soft volcanic stone. Their awesome presence keeps negative influences at bay.
Arthur Fleischmann wrote the following about this photograph in his manuscript:
"These stone figures, many of which are placed inside the temples around the altars and shrines are sometimes partly coloured and they are usually well cared for.
"But sometimes I found in one of the remote temples or in one which was not used any more, neglected stone figures grown over with moss, which gives them an even more grotesque appearance."
The exhibition presents sculptures and photographs created by Arthur Fleischmann on the island of Bali during the late 1930s. See the Gallery web site.
As well as terracotta figures, many photographs are displayed that were developed and printed by Fleischmann using sunlight in Bali.
The exhibition runs from 6th December to 22nd December 2007.
This is an exhibition of 38 original photos taken by Arthur Fleischmann in Bali in the 1930s.
It is curated by Wim Pijbes and Frans Jansen.
It will open on 14th September 2007 at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam as part of the Exota festival.
For more information, go here.