This project examines painting in India at the turn of the 19th century and photography in India in the later 19th century. What did paintings and photographs, particularly of people, produce during this period? What kinds of epistemologies and temporalities do they communicate and construct? Taking seriously the objects themselves as they circulated around the globe, and examining closely the types of depictions and modes of imaging, this project seeks to reformulate our understanding of 19th century Indian figural imagery.
Paper: CAA 2011, article Visual Anthropology (see cv)
Image: Victoria & Albert Museum, Fish Women, Patna, 1826, IS.28-1964