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Annu Palakunnathu MATTHEW


Annu Palakunnathu Matthew (1964– ) was born in England, raised in India, and is now based in the United States of America. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Madras in 1986 before completing a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Delaware in 1997. Matthew is a multidisciplinary artist who primarily works with photography. Her work re-examines the legacy of colonisation and the incompleteness of historical narratives, often drawing on archival images. Matthew has exhibited widely around the world, including at the Victorian & Albert Museum in London, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Her work has been supported by many grants and fellowships, and she is currently is a Professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island.


Images: Annu Palakunnathu MATTHEW

Feather Indian/dot Indian  2007–09

American Indian with war paint/Indian with war paint  2007–09

American Indian with dot on face/Indian American with dot on face  2007–09

Noble savage/savage noble  2007–09

from the series An Indian from India

ink-jet prints on transparencies, metallic gold cards, leather cases

14.5 x 9.4 cm (each image)

courtesy of the artist and the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) (Bengaluru)


Image: Installation view of Visions of India: for the colonial to the contemporary featuring artworks by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Monash Gallery of Art, 2021 Photo: Lauren Dunn

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