Photography in both South and Southeast Asia is in full bloom, encouraged by the economic, social and technological changes of the past two decades. Dislocation/Negotiating Identity features works by a diverse group of both emerging and well-established photographers from Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam. Although cultural specificity is important to the meanings of their works, each of these artists is also concerned with the complexities of individual and group identity, within and outside of nationality.
The artists address such challenging themes as the daily lives of individuals in minority groups, the hybrid experiences of diaspora communities, the defining constrictions of social class, the evolving cultural tensions within and between nations, and the role of art as an indicator of cultural identity.
This exhibition does not—and could not—attempt to be a comprehensive survey of photographic work from South and Southeast Asia. Rather, it is selection of subtle, thought-provoking works by a group of individual artists who creatively address complex and changing social realities. Using a variety of artistic strategies, they have produced a highly evocative and powerful set of works – personal and political, visually engaging, very contemporary yet rooted in complex histories. The exhibition offers viewers a rare opportunity to think about identity in national, trans-national, communal and individual terms, through meaningful artistic encounters.
- Sandra Matthews
- Project Advisor
- Editor, Trans Asia Photography Review
This exhibition is supported by the Nolen Endowed Fund for Asian Art Initiatives.
Please visit the related exhibition of photographs from Vietnam "Autopsy of Days: Photographs from Hanoi’s DocLab," on view at Hampshire College until March 13, 2016
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