PRIYA KAMBLI: Color Falls Down @ Antenna Gallery

PhotoNOLA Book Signing & Opening Reception
Thursday, December 9, 2010
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

St. Claude Avenue Arts District Gallery Opening
Saturday, December 11, 2010
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

ANTENNA
3161 Burgundy Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

GALLERY HOURS:
Friday, December 10, 2010 – 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   

COLOR FALLS DOWN: My photographs visually express the notion of transience and split cultural identity caused by the act of migration. I have been viewing this issue through the lens of my own personal history and cultural journey. My move from India to the United States in 1993 left me feeling that I do not belong fully to either culture – leaving me unable to anchor myself in any particular cultural framework.

This disconnection from both cultures has changed me. I feel I have a hybrid identity, a patching together of two cultures within one person. Photography has helped me bridge the gap between my two cultures while coming to terms with this dual nature. My digital photographs reflect the tension inherent in this dual nature, by juxtaposing fragmented images, family snapshots, and carefully staged imagery. – Priya Kambli 

Book Details:  Priya Kambli’s body of work, Color Falls Down was awarded the Book Award through Photolucida’s (Portland, Oregon) 2008 juried competition: Critical Mass.  The aim of Critical Mass is to provide artists working in the media of photography and digital imaging “career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today.”  The book titled Color Falls Down, was published in 2010 and can be purchased at Antenna Gallery and online at priyakambli.com.

Artist Bio:  I was born and raised in India. I moved to the United States at the age of 18 carrying my entire life in one suitcase weighing about 20 lbs. I began my artistic career in the States and my work has always been informed by my experience as a migrant.  I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and continued on to receive a Masters degree in Photography from the University of Houston. I am currently an Associate Professor of Art at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

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