Image & Identity: views from Ceylon/Sri Lanka and Oxfordshire in early colonial photographs

Submitted by Marta Lomza on October 24, 2022 - 15:41

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Museum of Oxford
Saturday, 1 October 2022 to Saturday, 31 December 2022
10am-5pm, Mon-Sat

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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