Autobiography as Memory // www.focusfestivalmumbai.com // 9-23 March 2017
Mohini Chandra, photographic artist and Pathway Leader on our BA (Hons) Photography programme, has her series ‘Kikau Street’, 2015-16 on display at the Focus Photography Festival Mumbai.
Selected from over 200 entries from 39 countries, Mohini is one of 18 finalists to exhibit their work with a theme that delves deep into the important relationship photographs and memory share.
“In Kikau Street, I explore how Fiji’s complex nexus of colonial and postcolonial contradictions of migration, conflict, and identity also enjoys a double life as an idealised space within popular cultural mythology. For Indians in Fiji, the latter is embodied within domestic photography, memories of India as a cinematic dreamscape, and paradisiacal backdrops of commercial photographic studios owned by Indian-Fijian families. To explore these contradictions, I revisit my father’s homeground, the volcanic landscapes of Fiji, and former sugar growing areas where my Indian ancestors worked as indentured labourers while drawing upon varied image making histories: from the colonial and vernacular to the domestic and personal memory.”
Find out more about the exhibiting artists here.
Mohini has exhibited at Asia Society and Museum (New York), Courtauld Institute (London), NGBK (Berlin), Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne), Johannesburg Biennale, and Photo Kathmandu (Nepal). Her work is held by international collections including Arts Council Collection UK and has been featured in major survey publications such as Phaidon’s Art and Photography by David Campany.
Thanks to the Australia Council for funding the research in this project.