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Distance and Proximity

Moschovi, Alexandra (2007) Distance and Proximity. In: Work. National Gallery of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 24-33. ISBN 9789833497188

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From topography and commercial portraiture to anthropometric studies, photographs played a determining role in the shaping of a colonial rhetoric
that visualised otherness while concealing the complex nature of race as a cultural and social construct. As such, colonial photography was more than an instrument of surveillance; photographs became a symbol of power and control over signification. This paper examines the conceptual convergence of notions of distance and proximity, traced in nineteenth-century anthropological, ethnographic and colonial photographs, in the work of four contemporary photographers, Arabella Plouviez, Shahidul Allam, Sharon Lam and Leticia Valverdes, who explored their subjectivity against that of a distant Other.

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Depositing User: Alexandra Moschovi


Item ID: 14538
ISBN: 9789833497188

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Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2022 09:18
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2022 09:18