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Title

Native women of South India

2000-2004

Artists

Pushpamala N.

India

1956 -

Clare Arni

Scotland

1962 -

Alternate image of Native women of South India by Pushpamala N., Clare Arni
Alternate image of Native women of South India by Pushpamala N., Clare Arni
Alternate image of Native women of South India by Pushpamala N., Clare Arni
Alternate image of Native women of South India by Pushpamala N., Clare Arni
Alternate image of Native women of South India by Pushpamala N., Clare Arni
Alternate image of Native women of South India by Pushpamala N., Clare Arni
Alternate image of Native women of South India by Pushpamala N., Clare Arni
Alternate image of Native women of South India by Pushpamala N., Clare Arni
Alternate image of Native women of South India by Pushpamala N., Clare Arni
Alternate image of Native women of South India by Pushpamala N., Clare Arni
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    India
    Date
    2000-2004
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    a,b,c,d,g,h,i,j: type C photograph e,f: gelatin silver photograph
    Dimensions

    a - Cracking the whip, 55.8 x 37.4 cm, image

    a - Cracking the whip, 61 x 50.7 cm, sheet

    b - Returning from the tank, 55.8 x 34.4 cm, image

    b - Returning from the tank, 61 x 50.7 cm, sheet

    c - Lakshmi, 55.8 x 34.4 cm, image

    c - Lakshmi, 61 x 50.7 cm, sheet

    d - Flirting, 55.8 x 42.2 cm, image

    d - Flirting, 61 x 50.7 cm, sheet

    e - Toda, 55.4 x 42.2 cm, image

    e - Toda, 61 x 50.7 cm, sheet

    f - Criminals, 37.1 x 55.8 cm, image

    f - Criminals, 50.4 x 60.9 cm, sheet

    g - Lady in moonlight, 55.8 x 43.8 cm, image

    g - Lady in moonlight, 61 x 50.7 cm, sheet

    h - Yogini (The Green Yogini), 55.8 x 43.8 cm, image

    h - Yogini (The Green Yogini), 60.6 x 50.6 cm, sheet

    i - Circus, 37.3 x 55.8 cm, image

    i - Circus, 50.7 x 61 cm, sheet

    j - Our Lady of Velankanni, 55.8 x 37.4 cm, image

    j - Our Lady of Velankanni, 61 x 50.7 cm, sheet

    Credit
    David Jones Fund 2010
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    81.2010.a-j
    Copyright
    © Pushpamala N.

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    Three of the images in this series, including the one of the artist posed as Lakshmi, the goddess of plenty, are based on images by the famous Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906; first prize winner at the Vienna Art exhibition 1873, and a symbol of India’s adaptation of Western painting conventions). Another image references the colonial British obsession with ethnographic documentation, specifically an infamous project of a series of photographs of aborigines of the Andaman Islands by Maurice Vidal Portman c.1893 in which natives were placed against a black and white checked background to facilitate anthropometrical measuring. The original series (in the British Library) reflects anthropological studies in the nineteenth century when there developed an obsession with the rigid examination of the physical characteristics of racial distinctions in the subcontinent.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2010.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    India

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

    • Jackie Menzies, Look, Love in India, pg 12-13, Sydney, Oct 2014, 12-13 (colour illus.). Illustration is of 81.2010.h ( Yogini) only

    • Pushpamala N. and Clare Arni, Native women of South India: manners and customs, 'The native types: a series of photographs illustrating the scenery and the mode of life of the women of South India', pgs. 25-45, Bangalore, 2004, 25-45 (colour illus.).

    • Chaitanya Sambrani, Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India, New York, 2004, 70-75 (colour illus.). cat.nos 11b, 11d, 11a, 11e, 11i, 11h. Edition unknown.

    • Natalie Seiz, Look, 'Bold moves', pgs. 54-55., Sydney, Jul 2018-Aug 2018, 54 (colour illus.). Illustration is of 81.2010.a (Cracking the whip).