Guide to the Priya Kambli photographs, 2006-2012
Collection consists of forty 17x24 inch color inkjet prints from a body of work titled Color Falls Down by artist Priya Kambli, who emigrated from India to the U.S. at the age of eighteen. Sometimes resembling diptychs, the images juxtapose and recontextualize family photographs, personal objects such as clothing, spoons, and earrings, and contemporary self-portraits, exploring themes of migration, cross-cultural understanding, women and family, identity, and memory. This work received the 2018 ADA Collection Award for Women Documentarians. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
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- Priya Kambli photographs
- 2.0 Linear Feet, 2 boxes
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
Collection consists of forty 17x24 inch color inkjet prints from a body of work titled Color Falls Down by artist Priya Kambli, who emigrated from India to the U.S. Sometimes resembling diptychs, the images juxtapose and recontextualize family photographs, personal objects such as clothing, spoons, and earrings, and contemporary self-portraits, exploring themes of migration, cross-cultural understanding, women and family, identity, and memory.
From the artist's statement: "At age 18, a couple of years after the death of my parents, I moved from India to the United States with all my belongings in one suitcase. My photographs, which are rooted in my fascination with my parents, visually express the notion of transience and split cultural identity caused by the act of migration. In Color Falls Down these issues are seen through the lens of my own personal history and cultural identity. I re-contextualize and alter my family snapshots and personal artifacts to reveal the correlations between generations, cultures and memory."
This work received the 2018 ADA Collection Award for Women Documentarians. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
Arranged in original order as assigned by the photographer.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research. Images may only be used for educational, non-commercial purposes; any other use requires the photographer's permission.
Use & Permissions
The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Priya Kambli photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Artist Priya Kambli began her creative career when she emigrated to the United States from India at the age of 18, a few years after the death of her parents. Her work is informed by the loss of her parents, her experience as a migrant, and the inheritance of family photographs she brought with her to the U.S. Kambli received her BFA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her MFA from the University of Houston. Currently, she is a Professor of Art at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. In 2008, Kambli received PhotoLucida's Book Award for "Color Falls Down," which was later published in 2010. The work also received the 2018 Archive of Documentary Arts Award for Emerging Women Documentarians.
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- East Indians -- Portraits
- East Indians -- United States -- Ethnic identity
- Families -- Photographs
- Families -- India -- Photographs
- Self-perception in art
- Women immigrants -- United States
- Women photographers -- United States
- India -- Emigration and immigration
- India -- Social life and customs
- United States -- Emigration and immigration
The Priya Kambli photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2018.
Processed and described by Rachel Jessen and Paula Jeannet, February 2019.
Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2019-0002.
The photographs in this collection were printed on Harmon by Hahnemuhle Gloss Baryta Warmtone paper, using an Epson 7800 printer and Archival Epson ink.