Creative Arts and Design > Photography]
Raw Histories is concerned with historical photographs in anthropology. Rather than seeing them merely as ideologically formulated products of colonial gaze and appropriative desire, it explores photographs as cultural objects which inscribe multiple and contested histories in cross-cultural environments, including those of complex and unstable colonial relations. The book argues throughout that photographs are not merely ‘of things’ but are part of this dynamic and fluid historical dialogue. Such a strategy allows alternative historical voices, counter-narratives and strategies to emerge. Taking the nature of photography itself as the starting point, the book was the first to employ the concepts of ‘social life’, ‘biography’, ‘material culture’ and ‘performance’ to historical cross-cultural photographs. Such an approach facilitates a clearer understanding of both the multi-layered and intersecting demands placed on photographs over space and time. The title of the book reflects these fluidities: photographs are ‘raw’, it is argued, in that they have an uncontainability, resistance and unknowability, and ‘raw’ because the histories brought into focus by such an approach are sometimes uncomfortable, painful and rub against the grain.
Divided into three sections ‘Notes from the Archive’, ‘Historical Inscriptions’ and ‘Reworkings’, these key theoretical strands are explored through a series of case studies, based on detailed and original archival and institutional research. They range from the making of ‘the archive’ as a cultural object, through re-workings of colonial images from the Pacific, to the way the dynamics of the photographs and the issues around them have been engaged with by contemporary artists and curators.
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I am currently working on three projects: a book entitled Textiles and Dress of Gujarat to be published by Mapin Publishing (India) with V&A Publishing in 2010; research on the regional production of saris for an exhibition entitled Simply Sari to be held at the Textile Research Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands in 2010 for which I am writing the catalogue; and collecting oral histories among block printers and dyers of western India.
I have recently completed a programme of research funded by the British Academy and the Laura and Luigi Dallapiccola Foundation with printers and painters in Srikalahasti and Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, printers in Jaipur, Bagru and Sanganer in Rajasthan, and printers in Gujarat. I also carried out research with indigo farmers in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The project has been developed in collaboration with artisans at these sites with technical input from Dr Ismail Mohammad Khatri. The material will be developed in to a book but has already been disseminated through conference papers, journal articles and other publications.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion|
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|Deposited On:||02 Dec 2009 21:51|
|Last Modified:||21 Jul 2010 12:28|