Session 5: Travels in a New World

Speaker: Mohini Chandra, artist



In exploring the nature of diaspora and visual culture, through installation based art work, texts and other publications, Chandra’s practice involves a multiplicity of cross-cultural dialogues with disciplines such as history, anthropology and geography, suggesting new ways of mapping cultural experience through personal memory. In this paper Chandra discusses the way in which post-colonial Indian communities in the Pacific have incorporated photography into visual and historical processes, which map the fluidity of their own, increasingly diasporic, cultural identity. She then considers her own role as interpreter, interlocutor and member of global and local cultures as she traverses geographic and temporal distance via internalised ‘diasporic’ maps of family and personal remembrances.

Further Reading

Mohini Chandra, ‘Pacific Album: Vernacular Photography of the Fiji Indian Diaspora’, History of Photography, No 3, Autumn 2000

Mohini Chandra, ‘Visible Fragments: Photography and diaspora at the turn of the century’, Creative Camera, December 1999

Mohini Chandra, VoiceOver, eBook, Diffusion series, Proboscis, (RCA/LSE/Arts Council of England), June, 2002

Mohini Chandra, Album Pacifica, Autograph, 2001