MAP at Jimei X Arles

Exhibition in China

Pictured above: Vincent Uncle, 2017, Indu Antony, Pigment Print

Returning the Gaze: From the Colonial to the Contemporary

22 November, 2019 - 20 January, 2020
Xiamen, China

MAP is sending an exhibition from Bangalore to Jimei in Xiamen, China for the Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival. Each winter, Jimei x Arles shows eight exhibitions from Rencontres d’Arles in France alongside 20 Chinese and Asian photography exhibitions – with a focus on India this year.


The MAP exhibition titled Returning the Gaze: From the Colonial to the Contemporary will showcase six works from seven contemporary photographers – Indu Antony, Anoli Perera, Gauri Gill, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Michael Bühler-Rose, Pushpamala N. and Clare Arni. As part of the exhibition’s mission, the works respond to and challenge the issues and legacies of colonial and foreign representation, carving a new and more diverse path for photography in the region, one in which women became more visible on either side of the camera.


The exhibition looks at a more progressive ‘contemporary’ era in South Asian photography and seeks a broader understanding of nationhood and cultural belonging, asking whether labels such as ‘Indian photography’ or ‘South Asian photography’ are relevant in the 21st-century art world and its more globalised context. The six works will be displayed alongside a range of early colonial photography from the Indian subcontinent, from which much of it departs, forming an oscillating dialogue between the past and present, and revealing some of the influences of 21st Century practice.