Postdate Photography and Inherited History in India

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Publisher's Synopsis

Two generations after the exultation of Independence and the concurrent horrors of Partition, contemporary artists mine the uneasy history of photography in India as a means to challenge outmoded narratives, share hidden stories, and make personal connections with tradition. Taking history into their own hands, figures such as Nandan Ghiya, Gauri Gill, Jitish Kallat, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Madhuban Mitra and Manas Bhattacharya, Pushpamala N., Raqs Media Collective, Vivan Sundaram, and Surekha draw on a diverse range of sources, from ethnographic photographs made at the height of the British occupation to hand-painted studio portraits and stills from Bollywood movies. Weighing the influence of the global against the draw of the local, these artists embrace tradition and innovation as covalent rather than competitive forces. Marking the US debut of several of the featured artists, Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India deepens our understanding of the legacy of colonialism and celebrates new and socially engaged modes of image-making in South Asia.

Published in association with the San Jose Museum of Art

Book information

ISBN: 9780520285699
Publisher: University of California Press
Imprint: University of California Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 779.99540922
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 1268g
Height: 303mm
Width: 249mm
Spine width: 19mm