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Guide to the Priya Kambli photographs, 2006-2012

Summary

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.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11697
Title
Priya Kambli photographs
Date
2006-2012
Extent
2.0 Linear Feet, 2 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Content Description

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.

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Arrangement

Arranged in original order as assigned by the photographer.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Priya Kambli photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Mama (Dadi Aaji, Dada Aajooba and Muma), 2012
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0001
Muma (Dress), 2012
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0002
Baba (Muma's Bangles), 2012
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0003
Aaji, 2012
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0004
Sona and Me, 2012
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0005
Muma, Baba, Sona and Me, 2011
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 8 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0006
Muma (Dear Suresh), 2011
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0007
Dadi Aaji and Mama, 2011
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0008
Dadi Aaji and Dada Aajooba (Yellow Petals), 2011
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0009
Me (Polpat and Tumeric), 2010
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0010
Dada Aajooba and Muma, 2010
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0011
Mama, 2010
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0012
Me (Flour), 2009
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0013
Muma (Blue Dibiya), 2009
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0014
Kavi (Silver Chumcha), 2009
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0015
Aajooba, Aaji and Muma, 2009
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0016
Muma and Me (Gold Earrings), 2009
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 8 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0017
Baba, 2009
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0018
Me (Red Hearts), 2009
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0019
Muma Baba and Me, 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 8 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0020
Muma and Me (Cast Shadow), 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 9 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0021
Dada Aajooba Muma and Me, 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 9 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0022
Dadi Aaji and Me, 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0023
Me (Golden Dibiya), 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0024
Dada Aajooba and Me, 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0025
Muma (Turmeric), 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0026
Me (Red), 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0027
Muma and Me (Red), 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0028
Me (Tonka and Turmeric), 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0029
Kavi, 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 8 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0030
Dada Aajooba, Mama, Aaron and Kavi, 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0031
Me (Orange), 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0032
Me (Inoculation), 2008
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0033
Muma and Me (Henna), 2008
(Paper size: 23 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches; image size: 20 x 16 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0034
Muma and Me (Flowers), 2007
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0035
Muma's, 2006
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0036
Aajooba and Me, 2006
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0037
Me Wrapped, 2006
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 10 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0038
Aajooba and Me 2, 2006
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 8 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0039
Muma and Baba, 2006
(Paper size: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches; image size: 8 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11697-P-0040
 

Historical Note

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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Provenance

The Priya Kambli photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed and described by Rachel Jessen and Paula Jeannet, February 2019.

Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2019-0002.

Other Notes

The photographs in this collection were printed on Harmon by Hahnemuhle Gloss Baryta Warmtone paper, using an Epson 7800 printer and Archival Epson ink.