Image & Identity: views from Ceylon and Oxfordshire in early colonial photographs

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Find out more about the Image & Identity exhibition here.

The Image & Identity exhibition has been curated by Shalini Amerasinghe Ganendra, cultural scholar with expertise in the understanding of early colonial photography from Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka). The exhibition aims to build awareness of the fluidity of visual perspectives, using colonial period photography as a springboard for contemporary discussions and explorations. We consider early images, as well as other colonial period documentation from Sri Lanka (the Pitt Rivers Museum collections) and Oxfordshire (from the Underhill Collection held by MOX).

Images of  contemporary works by established Sri Lankan artist, Sujeewa Kumari, extend the theme of links between image, impression and time, specifically referring to colonial photography and inviting us to consider how we see those photographed people and places today.


Images from the exhibition: 

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Nuneham picnic, 15 July 1915


maggie shakespeare wolv bridge lashes aug 1915 5

Maggie Shakespeare wolv. bridge lashes, August 1915


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Lady Hilda Obeysekere


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