Me, myself and india: Contemporary Indian photography and the diasporic experience

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Recent Indian photographers have used their medium to reveal, interpret, and influence the multifaceted nature of Indian identity and cross-cultural experiences in India and abroad. This paper explores a selection of these photographers’ strategies, which range from relatively straightforward photo essays on Indian experience overseas by Pablo Bartholomew, Omar Badsha and Gauri Gill, to Ketaki Sheth’s meditations on the creation of personal space and identity within larger, shared contexts of family, local community, and nation, to explorations of deeply private realms of interpersonal relationships by Sunil Gupta and Allan deSouza, to Annu Palakunnathu Matthew’s satirical self-portraiture as a way of deconstructing national and racial identity. Ultimately, artists such as Shilpa Gupta refocus their attention away from local communities and onto more global issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-58
Number of pages22
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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