Dislocation | Negotiating Identity

Contemporary Photographs from South & Southeast Asia

MAP is delighted to loan artworks to the Smith College Museum of Art for their exhibition ‘Dislocation/Negotiating Identity: Contemporary Photographs from South & Southeast Asia’.

 

12 February, 2016 - 14 August, 2016
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, USA

MAP is delighted to announce the loan of photographs, by artists Dayanita Singh and Jyoti Bhatt, from its collection to the exhibition — Dislocation/Negotiating Identity: Contemporary Photographs from South & Southeast Asia, organised by the Smith College Museum of Art.

Featuring works by a diverse group of both emerging and well-established photographers from Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam, this exhibition does not—and could not—attempt to be a comprehensive survey of photographic work from South and Southeast Asia. Rather, it is selection of subtle, thought-provoking works by a group of individual artists who creatively address complex and changing social realities. Although cultural specificity is important to the meanings of their works, each of these artists is also concerned with the complexities of individual and group identity, within and outside of nationality.

Using a variety of artistic strategies, these highly evocative and powerful set of works are personal and political, very contemporary yet rooted in complex histories. Addressing such challenging themes as the daily lives of individuals in minority groups, the hybrid experiences of diaspora communities, the defining constrictions of social class, the evolving cultural tensions within and between nations, and the role of art as an indicator of cultural identity — this exhibition offers viewers a rare opportunity to think about identity in national, trans-national, communal and individual terms, through meaningful artistic encounters.

 

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