Petra Stavast

Petra Stavast (Tiel, NL, 1977) lives and works in Amsterdam.
Selected for On the MoveRamya (2002/2014).

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About Ramya (2002/2014)

Petra Stavast has brought enormous care and devotion to documenting the life of her taciturn former landlady, Ramya. When the photographer moved into Ramya’s home in 2001, the camera became their means of communication. The result was a series of quiet, intimate photographs of the house and its inhabitant. Following Ramya’s death in 2012, the project gained a new dimension. Stavast delved deeper into her former landlady’s life story and discovered not only Ramya’s private archive, but also photographs taken of her from time to time by a neighbor. In her committed photo book, Stavast traces events such as Ramya’s membership of the Rajneesh puram commune, established between 1981 and 1985 by followers of the Bhagwan (Osho) in the no-man’s-land of Oregon, USA. Now, as Stavast’s photographs reveal, the only on-site reminder of that period is a wide, asphalted road. A video shows Ramya, back in Amsterdam, at a workshop given by a new guru. Together, these documents constitute Stavast’s biography of Ramya: a record of an unusual life.

Ramya (2010)
Ramya (2010)

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