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"Annu Palakunnathu Matthew: Bollywood Satirized"
2001-06-07 until 2001-09-03
Philadelphia Art Alliance
USA United States of America
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew focuses on how commercial films in her
homeland of India reflect and reinforce stereotyped gender roles in Indian
culture. Bollywood refers to the name given to the largest film industry in
the world, concentrated in Bombay. Images from real cinema posters are
combined and altered to create works that, in the artist's words, explore
issues such as the position of women in Indian society, the dowry system, arranged marriages, discrimination
based on skin color, the stigma of pre-marital relationships and inter-racial relationships. Matthew uses a
software program that allows her to create unusually large images that mimic the size of movie posters.
Matthew received her MFA in photography from the University of Delaware in 1997 and is currently assistant
professor of art at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. Her most recent solo exhibitions include: DRIK
Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX; Gallery 1101, Southern Illinois
University, Carbondale, IL; SoHo Photo Gallery, New York, NY; and the Fleisher Challenge Artist series 1998-99
at the Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA. She has been awarded residencies, grants, and fellowships,
including: New Media Resident, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY (2000); Residency-Photography,
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (2000); Artist-in-Residence, Light Work, Syracuse, New York (1999); Aaron
Siskind Fellowship in Photography, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (2001); New Media Residency Grant,
Visual Studies Workshop and New York State Council for the Arts New Technology Grant (2000); and University
of Rhode Island Foundation Grant (1999). Matthew's work has been published in Exposure, LensWork, Nueva
Luz, Photographers International, Photo Metro and The Photo Review.