Artwork

Annu Palakunnathu Mathew
An Indian from India – Portfolio II, 2007

  • Inkjet-Print on Legion Concorde Rag Papier, 10 parts, Ed. 3/15
  • 30 x 48 cm
  • Acquired in 2008

The Indian artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew analyzes the erosion of national and cultural identities in conceptual photographic projects. “With the photo series An Indian from India I look at the other ‘Indian.’ I find similarities in how nineteenth and early twentieth century photographers of Native Americans looked at what they called the primitive natives, similar to the colonial gaze of the nineteenth century British photographers working in India. In every culture, there is the ‘other.’ The images highlight assimilation, use labels and make many assumptions. I pair these with self-portraits in clothes, poses and environments that mimic these ‘older’ images. I challenge the viewer’s assumptions of us and them, exotic and local.” The artist gave the individual subjects in the series content-based titles and identified the historical sources in her commentary.

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