THE ANSWERS TAKE TIME by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
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8 x 9.5 inches vertical; ~75 black and white and color images; hardcover; 112 pages; $50 plus shipping
With an artist interview by Tom Jones II, and an essay by Bakirathi Mani. In collaboration with sepiaEYE
This mid-career survey of Annu Palakunnathu Matthew elucidates the progression of a conceptual, installation-driven artist who uses photography, collage, digital animation, parody, and ephemera to explore performative and deep-rooted personal elements of cultural identities. From her highly-publicized series “Indian from India” to the lesser-seen “Bollywood Satirized,” the book reveals within her work consistent themes of malleability, identity, and memory.
Informed by her perspective as a global citizen who has been a resident of three continents, the book’s sequence is its own journey through geographies and time, influenced by the irrefutable narratives of population displacement, and the imperfection of memories. Her photo-based installation work is a blend of still and moving imagery, often drawing on archives of professional portraiture and of personal photographs to elucidate similarities beneath assumed surface differences.
Matthew investigates identities she exists within, and outside of, finding ways to inhabit others’ stories so that they are heard and seen. Probing the impact of America’s dual position as colony and colonizer, her work expands what is considered to be American history in the country she now calls home.
ANNU PALAKUNNATHU MATTHEW (b. 1964, Stourport-on-Severn, United Kingdom; lives in Rhode Island) has had solo exhibitions at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, the Newport Art Museum, and Nuit Blanche, Toronto. Her work has also been exhibited at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Newark Art Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
She has been featured in international festivals including the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India, 2018, the Fotofest Biennial, Houston, Texas, 2018, and the 2009 Guangzhou Photo Biennial, China. She is a recipient of the John Guttman Fellowship, two Fullbright fellowships, and grants from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, among others. She has been selected for the prestigious Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Yaddo, and MacDowell residencies.
Matthew is a Professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island; she is represented by sepiaEYE, New York.