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Gauri Gill: The Americans Exhibition

July 8, 2008
Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery
Free and open to the public
The Department of Art & Art History is pleased to present Gauri Gill: The Americans Exhibition, on view from July 8 to August 17, 2008 at the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. Reception is on July 10, from 4:30-6:30 PM. Shot across the United States from 2000 to 2007, Gauri Gill's photographs document the Indian diaspora as it has settled across the country in rural areas, small towns and big cities, both retaining its traditional signifiers of Indian identity and merging within a larger American plurality. The resulting color photographs are simultaneously humorous, poignant, ironic, and beguiling. Gill's portrayal of her subjects and their lives emerges through her strict attention to detail and sympathetic juxtapositions. From the forthcoming catalog essay by critic and curator Gayatri Sinha: "Nearly five decades after [American photographer] Robert Frank, Gauri Gill takes a series of solitary journeys through America traveling extensively from New York and New Jersey to California to the Midwest and five Southern states. She moves outward, from the nucleus of family and friends to their networks, through a map lined with the material and psychological presence of migrants. The resultant body of photographs. The Americans, emerges as a palimpsest that pays homage to Frank as much as it documents the new Americans and Indian immigrants. That Gill addresses her subjects with the transnational gaze of the traveling photographer brings her subject within the potent discourse of migration and diaspora, post-coloniality and the new world. Set in the chromatic intimacy of the candid photograph, it is inscribed by the material residue of two cultures, of the glittering flecks of Bollywood and Hollywood, the Indian and the American dream." The exhibition has already been on view at Bose Pacia, Kolkata (February 16-March 8); Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, March 15-29; Matthieu Foss Gallery, Mumbai (April 10-24); and will travel to Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago (October 4-December 28); and Bose Pacia Gallery, New York (January 9-February 14, 2009). Born in Chandigarh, India, Gauri Gill received her BFA in Applied Art at the Delhi College of Arts in New Delhi, India. She earned her BFA in Photography at the Parsons School of Design, New York in 1994, and MFA in Photography at Stanford University in 2002. Since August 2003, she has been teaching photography at the American School in New Delhi. In 2007, her work was shown at India International Center, New Delhi; Newark Museum, New Jersey; Musee Quai Branly, Paris among other places. VISITOR INFORMATION: Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM-5 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 PM. Admission is free. The Gallery is located in the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at 419 Lasuen Mall. Parking is free after 4 PM and all day on weekends. Information: (650) 723-2842.
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