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Toma & Annu After, from the series An Indian from India

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Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Toma & Annu After, from the series An Indian from India, 2002, inkjet print, The Blue Sky Gallery Collection; Gift of the Artist, © unknown, research required, 2004.108

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Title

Toma & Annu After, from the series An Indian from India

Related Titles

series: An Indian from India

Date

2002

Medium

inkjet print

Edition

2/15

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 9 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; sheet: 12 in x 19 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/edition information/date: "Annu 2/15 2002", graphite, BR corner

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

The Blue Sky Gallery Collection; Gift of the Artist

Accession Number

2004.108

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

inkjet prints

photographs

portraits

Description

Through self-portraiture and appropriation of historical photographs, Annu Matthew—who was born in England, grew up in India, and now lives in the United States—explores the ways in which different cultures have been assimilated, sometimes by force, into mainstream American society. Here, she compares portraits of herself and Tom Torlino, a member of the Navajo tribe, taken before and after cultural assimilation. Striking modifications in dress and hairstyle suggest imperceptible psychological changes. Matthew frequently pairs her self-portraits with images of Native Americans, encouraging viewers to consider varying meanings of the term “Indian.”

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