Explore your identity through revisiting the past

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Old photographs remind us of our past and where we have come from and the silent stories that these photographs insinuate. Participants will relook at their own histories to create work related to memory and identity. Students can explore their own family photographs, existing photography archives, film footage, audio and materials connected to the past in order to create work related to their identity, history and memory. The focus will start with photography as a springboard to create work using simple digital techniques such as collages, stop motion/time-lapse animations, videos, etc. The start of the week will consist of discussions, presentations and a hands-on introduction to some of these techniques for the students to then thoughtfully create work connected to the past. This class is for anyone who would like to explore the way memory and history can be reconsidered.

Images – Annu Palakunnathu Matthew – Fabricated Memories – 1999

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew – An Indian from India – Red/Brown 2001



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Instructor: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew’s photo-based artwork is a striking blend of still and moving imagery. Her larger work draws on archival photographs as a source of inspiration to examine concepts of memory and to re-examine historical narratives. Matthew‘s photo-based artwork mines issues of identity, immigration and inter-generational memory.

Matthew's recent solo exhibitions include the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and sepiaEYE, nyc. Matthew has also exhibited her work at the RISD Museum, Newark Art Museum, MFA Boston, San Jose Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts (TX), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale, 2018 Fotofest Biennial, 2009 Guangzhou Photo Biennial as well as at the Smithsonian.