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By 2050 “minority” populations in the U.S. will become the majority. In this project, I explore the generational transition from immigrant to resident within families, starting with portrait photographs from their albums. These old photographs reflect where they have come from, revealing family histories and shared stories of immigration. —APM
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew’s photo-based installation work is a blend of still and moving imagery, drawing on archival photographs as a source of inspiration to examine concepts of memory and to re-examine historical narratives. Informed by her perspective as a global citizen, resident of three continents, and an immigrant / American, she probes what is documented and why, teasing out personal experiences and stories that elucidate similarities beneath assumed surface differences.
Using family and other archival photographs as a familiar starting point to create connection and accessibility for a broad audience of viewers, she interprets “known” histories to question established narratives, and encourage viewers to consider parallel realities and identities.
Matthew (b. 1964, Stourport-on-Severn, United Kingdom; lives in Rhode Island) has had solo exhibitions at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, and Nuit Blanche, Toronto; her work has also been exhibited at the Newark Art Museum, MFA Boston, San Jose Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. She has been featured in international festivals including the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India, 2018; the Fotofest Biennial, Houston, Texas, 2018, and the 2009 Guangzhou Photo Biennial, China. She is a recipient of the John Guttman Fellowship, two Fullbright fellowships, and grants from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, among others, and has been selected for the prestigious Yaddo and MacDowell Colony residencies. Matthew is a Professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island. She is represented by sepiaEYE, New York.