Lunchtime Talks: Stories through Photographs with Shalini Amerasinghe Ganendra

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Wednesday 5 October 2022, 1:00pm to 2:00pm 

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Shalini Amerasinghe Ganendra, is an independent scholar and recent winner of the Chevening Fellowship, as well as an Academic Associate of Oxford’s History of Art Dept. She has successfully developed cultural programs from South East Asia, with a project profile spanning over two decades and focus on democratising the art world.  The exhibition, Image & Identity relates to research on impressions made by and through early photographs.  She will speak on the development of this Exhibition, its contents and the audience’s impressions from and of the photographs on view.

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Find out more about the Image & Identity exhibition here.

The Image & Identity exhibition has been curated by Shalini Amerasinghe Ganendra, cultural scholar with expertise in the understanding of early colonial photography from Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka). The exhibition aims to build awareness of the fluidity of visual perspectives, using colonial period photography as a springboard for contemporary discussions and explorations. We consider early images, as well as other colonial period documentation from Sri Lanka (the Pitt Rivers Museum collections) and Oxfordshire (from the Underhill Collection held by MOX).

Images of  contemporary works by established Sri Lankan artist, Sujeewa Kumari, extend the theme of links between image, impression and time, specifically referring to colonial photography and inviting us to consider how we see those photographed people and places today.


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