Selected works by Pushpamala N.

Pushpamala N.
From The Ethnographic Series Native Women of South India: Manners & Customs, 2000-2004 (Supported by an Arts Collaboration Grant from the India Foundation for the Arts)


Medium: set of 45 sepia-toned silver gelatin prints

Dimensions: variable

Bangalore based Pushpamala N is a photo- and video-performance artist who is the subject of her own compositions. In this series of works, the artist explores photography as a tool of ethnographic documentation and humorously challenges the authenticity of the photographic image. Created in collaboration with photographer Clare Arni, The Ethnographic Series draws attention to the choreographed stylistics of early anthropological studies, enacting and thereby transforming stereotypes of women. Dressing in period costume, Pushpamala refashions these stereotypes to subvert and critique the forensic classification of humanity. The strength of The Ethnographic Series lies in Pushpamala’s wit in reconstructing such scenes and playfully deconstructing them, acting both as subject and object to the camera.

Other Resources
Additional information and images – Pushpamala N
Various other resources and images - Pushpamala N
Modern and contemporary artists and art - Pushpamala N
"My art is more like a researcher's project who uses quotes rather than an essay,with each painting necessitating a bibliography," Jitish Kallat, while defining his art.
Past exhibition details at Presentation House Gallery in 2002
A summary of past gallery exhibitions
Further biographical information - Pushpamala N
Selected images held by the Walsh Gallery
Details of Pushpamela’s Ethnographic Series at Noorderlicht Photofestival 2006