texas monthly
STATE OF THE ART
May 1992


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CONTORTIONIST WITH HER PUPPY, SWEETY

Over a two‑year period, Mary Ellen Mark recorded the vanishing lifestyle of performers in India's struggling small circuses. Photographed at Upleta in 1989, this girl and her puppy, both wearing forehead dots, are members of the Great Raj Kamal Circus. "I was struck by the obsessive drive for perfection, the beauty of the performers, especially the acrobats and contortionists," Mark says. "The children are treated very well; they are loved and paid for their work." Mark's Indian circus series will be on view at Houston's Benteler‑Morgan Galleries from May 23 until July 4.

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