Print, Screenprint - acrylic based
30 x 22 in
This artwork was added to Artious by MOUTUSHI CHAKRABORTY.
Photography had come into existence around 1839 and by 1840 was successfully initiated in Colonial Indian Territory. The East India Company had recommended it as an excellent mode of ethnographic documentation and by 1850s commercial photographic studios were established at major centers around the country. Photography became a curious tool to record an entity with regard to its sociological significance, exemplified by physical adornments and more importantly by the language of posture, gaze and manner in facing the camera. Interestingly the inception of photography coincided with the prevalent system of purdah for women. Hence, apart from the ethnographic records, early photographic images either site portraits of influential female royals or the popular nautch girls. The Queen here embodies the image of an upper cast royalty. Inspired by Queen Victoria's propapgation of power through the circulation of her portraits - a similar custom was emulated in gaining leverage in a patriarchial society. The artist here captures the characters authoritative stance and confidence in facing the camera with elan.
The character photographs of the artist in these series have been shot by Ms Rosy Potter of Wimbledon School of Art with whom the artist had collaborated.