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Family Photo Album

BY INDU VASHIST

Diasporic artists and curators in North America are using amateur
photography to examine stories of migration and settlement

ANNU PALAKUNNATHU MATTHEW, Annu, from the series “Re-Generation,” 2015, 

still from digital animation: 54 sec. Courtesy the artist and Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. 

In a practice specific to the diaspora in Canada, a Punjabi wedding reception usually starts with a photo presentation that visually narrates the family histories of the couple. The presentation begins with photographs of the couple’s grandparents in colonial India, followed by marriage photos…

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