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Pushpamala N.

(India 1956 – )

Clare Arni

(Scotland 1962 – )

Native women of South India

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Three of the images in this series, including the one of the artist posed as Lakshmi, the goddess of plenty, are based on images by the famous Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906; first prize winner at the Vienna Art exhibition 1873, and a symbol of India’s adaptation of Western painting conventions). Another image references the colonial British obsession with ethnographic documentation, specifically an infamous project of a series of photographs of aborigines of the Andaman Islands by Maurice Vidal Portman c.1893 in which natives were placed against a black and white checked background to facilitate anthropometrical measuring. The original series (in the British Library) reflects anthropological studies in the nineteenth century when there developed an obsession with the rigid examination of the physical characteristics of racial distinctions in the subcontinent.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2010.

Place of origin
India
Year
2000-2004
Media
Photograph
Medium
a,b,c,d,g,h,i,j: type C photograph e,f: gelatin silver photograph
Dimensions
a - Cracking the whip; 55.8 x 37.4 cm; image
a - Cracking the whip; 61 x 50.7 cm; sheet
b - Returning from the tank; 55.8 x 34.4 cm; image
b - Returning from the tank; 61 x 50.7 cm; sheet
c - Lakshmi; 55.8 x 34.4 cm; image
c - Lakshmi; 61 x 50.7 cm; sheet
d - Flirting; 55.8 x 42.2 cm; image
d - Flirting; 61 x 50.7 cm; sheet
e - Toda; 55.4 x 42.2 cm; image
e - Toda; 61 x 50.7 cm; sheet
f - Criminals; 37.1 x 55.8 cm; image
f - Criminals; 50.4 x 60.9 cm; sheet
g - Lady in moonlight; 55.8 x 43.8 cm; image
g - Lady in moonlight; 61 x 50.7 cm; sheet
h - Yogini (The Green Yogini); 55.8 x 43.8 cm; image
h - Yogini (The Green Yogini); 60.6 x 50.6 cm; sheet
i - Circus; 37.3 x 55.8 cm; image
i - Circus; 50.7 x 61 cm; sheet
j - Our Lady of Velankanni; 55.8 x 37.4 cm; image
j - Our Lady of Velankanni; 61 x 50.7 cm; sheet
Credit
David Jones Fund 2010
Accession number
81.2010.a-j
Copyright
©Pushpamala N.