Pranlal K. Patel's Photographs of Women at Work in Ahmedabad (Clinton, NY)
Refocusing the Lens: Pranlal K. Patel's Photographs of Women at Work in Ahmedabad
Dates: February 1 - April 15, 2014
Venue: The Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Details: The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art will present the first U.S. exhibition of photographs by celebrated Indian photographer Pranlal K. Patel. On view February 1 through April 15, 2014, Refocusing the Lens: Pranlal K. Patel's Photographs of Women at Work in Ahmedabad will feature 35 images that document the lives of women in the workforce in early twentieth-century India, as well as several other related works by the artist, and the original camera Patel used to capture these arresting
Taken in 1937 as a commission for Jyoti Sangh, a women's social reform group dedicated to improving the lives of women in India, the photographs provide unprecedented insight into the lives of working-class women as they engaged in a range of labor activities--in their homes, neighborhoods, and the markets of Ahmedabad. Refocusing the Lens is the first posthumous exhibition of work by Pranlal Patel, who passed away on January 18, 2014, at the age of 104.
Curated by Lisa Trivedi, Associate Professor of History, with Robert Knight, Assistant Professor of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York. The exhibition has a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay
by Trivedi and an interview conducted with the artist.
The Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College promotes interdisciplinary research and the cross-fertilization of concepts and ideas vital to a liberal arts education. The museum works with emerging and established artists and collaborates with Hamilton students and faculty to develop programming promoting a wide range of disciplines.
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