InterSect Series

Sons, from InterSect Series

Sons, 20 x 30, 1993, Chromogenic Print

 

Project Statement

InterSect attempts to use history, personal and social, as a source for cultural criticism. The impetus for this work is very personal in nature and has come from experiences that have made me question lines of demarcation based in culture and race.   Although I am Kerala Christian, I wanted to play into western cultural expectations and notions of a pre-defined Indian holism and chose the texts of the Bhagavad-Gita and Bhagavadam as the foundation for this work. I reconstructed its chapters to speak about my experiences of reconciling being an Indian living in the United States.

From this ground, I incorporate and juxtapose my family album images with images of characters from classic American television shows in hopes of creating a dialogue between messages of fact and fiction, between myth and reality, and the immeasurable space in-between.

This series was originally a hand-made book consisting of Polaroid emulsion transfers onto the pages of the Gita combined with images created digitally of the television programs.  I later printed some of the pages as large scale photographs.  Unfortunately, I gave this book away and now only a few of the original pages remain.

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Family, from InterSect Series

Family, 20 x 30, 1993, Chromogenic Print

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Wives, from InterSect Series

Wives, 20 x 30, 1993, Chromogenic Print

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Fathers, from InterSect Series

Fathers, 20 x 30, 1993, Chromogenic Print