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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format.
Class meets Saturdays 10am-1pm ET for four sessions
The intention of this workshop is to mentor participants who are working with personal or found photographic archives.
In this workshop, we will look at and think about photographic work that engages with either our own families’ photographs and source material, or with found collections of private snapshots to tell personal narratives that tie into a broader universal context. We will consider how these archival photographs have acquired some meaning from the effort of various hands to preserve them, as well as how image-makers re-contextualize these materials left by families.
Artist Priya Suresh Kambli will mentor participants through critical conversations and feedback so that they are able to better understand and articulate their own artistic projects and practice. She will guide the group to a greater understanding of their own intentions, thoughts, and decisions—including how to unify them when creating a body of work—while also encouraging participants to consider how their work exists within the greater context of contemporary photography.
Images: ©Priya Kambli
Instructor: Priya Kambli
Priya Kambli received her BFA at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and an MFA from the University of Houston. She is currently Professor of Art at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Kambli’s work inadvertently examines the question asked by her son Kavi at age three; did she belong to two different worlds, since she spoke two different languages? The essence of his question continues to be a driving force in her art making. In her work, Kambli has always strived to understand the formation and erasure of identity that is an inevitable part of the migrant experience, exploring the resulting fragmentation of family, identity, and culture. Kambli’s artwork has been well received, having been exhibited, published, collected and reviewed in the national and international photographic community. She is the recipient of two 2021 inaugural production grants, the Aperture and Google Creator Labs Photo Fund and The Magenta Foundation’s Un-Stuck grant. The National Portrait Gallery in London included an image from her series Buttons for Eyes in their annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition 2021. The Missouri Arts Council recognized me as the artist of the year with their Missouri Arts Award for Individual Artist 2021, the state’s highest honor in the arts. The success of Kambli’s work underlines the fact that she is engaged in an important dialogue, and reinforces her intent to make work driven by a growing awareness of the importance of many voices from diverse perspectives and the political relevance of our private struggles.