PUSHPAMALA N. (B. 1956) and Clare Arni (B. 1962)
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PUSHPAMALA N. (B. 1956) and Clare Arni (B. 1962)

The Ethnographic Series; from the project 'Native Women of South India: Manners & Customs'

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PUSHPAMALA N. (B. 1956) and Clare Arni (B. 1962)
The Ethnographic Series; from the project 'Native Women of South India: Manners & Customs'
each signed and numbered 'Pushpamala N. 2/20' (on the reverse) and individually titled (on the reverse)
sepia-toned silver gelatin prints on archival warm tone fibre-based paper
three photographs sized 14¼ x 17 in. (36.2 x 43.2 cm.); ten photographs sized 9 3/8 x 12 in. (23.8 x 30.5 cm.); thirty-two photographs sized 7¼ x 8¾ in. (18.4 x 22.2 cm.)
Executed 2000-2004; number two from an edition of twenty; Forty-five photographs
45
Provenance
Wedel Fine Art, London
Literature
Other editions of this work have been published in the following:
J. Guardiola, ed., India Moderna, exhibition catalogue, IVAM Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia, 2008, p. 53 (illustrated)
M. Akiko et. al., eds., Chalo! India, exhibition catalogue, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2008, pp. 170-171 (illustrated)
V. Sansone, 'New Delhi New Wave', Flash Art, Vol. XLI, Milan, 2008, p. 87 (illustrated)
Pushpamala N. and Clare Arni, Native Women of South India: Manners and Customs, New Delhi, 2007, pp. 35, 49-81 (illustrated)
F. Bousteau, ed., Made by Indians, Turin, 2007, p.344 (illustrated)
J. Neutres, ed., New Delhi New Wave, 2007, pp. 94-101 (illustrated)
C. Sambrani, ed., Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India, Australia, 2005, p. 73 (illustrated)
Art India, vol. 9, issue 1, 2004: cover and pp. 26-27 (illustrated)
Exhibited
Other editions of this work have been exhibited at the following:
Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, Chalo! India, November 2008 - March 2009
New York, Bose Pacia, Pushpamala N. and Clare Arni, Native Women of South India: Manners and Customs, November-December 2006
Noorderlicht, Photofestival Leeuwarden, Another Asia, Photography from South and Southeast Asia, September - October 2006
San Francisco, Berkeley Art Museum, Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India, June - September 2006
New Delhi, Nature Morte; Kolkata, Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre; Mumbai, Chemould Prescott Road; Bangalore, Gallery Sumukha, Pushpamala N. and Clare Arni, Native Women of South India: Manners and Customs, March 2004 - March 2005
Kolkata, Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Pushpamala N. and Clare Arni, Native Women of South India: Manners and Customs, November 2004
Mumbai, Chemould Prescott Road, Pushpamala N. and Clare Arni, Native Women of South India: Manners and Customs, September 2004
Bangalore, Gallery Sumukha, Native Women of South India: Manners and Customs, March 2004
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Lot Essay

Comprising 45 images, this photo-performance by Pushpamala N. acts out a multitude of fictional stereotypes expected to be found in South India. Satirising the colonial practice of scientifically documenting the 'natives' through photography, these images present women in a range of tropes including a Toda tribal, a nun and a sorceress. Each avatar was documented bin collaboration with the British photographer Clare Arni over a period of four years. Pushpamala's performed series follow in the tradition of artists, Eleanor Antin and Cindy Sherman in their use of self-portraiture as a mechanism for unearthing latent stereotypes and implied typecasting of women. While Pushpamala employs humour and wit in her works, there is also a distinct feeling of cynicism where the artist questions not only the former colonial stereotypes but a male dominated society and the roles that women play within it.
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