Exhibitions Priya Kambli
Project Space Studio
- "Passport cancelled as the holder has acquired Foreign Nationality" by Priya Kambli. Image courtesy of the artist.
Project Space Residency
Open Studio: October 13, 6-7pm
Priya Kambli received her BFA at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and an MFA from the University of Houston. She is currently Professor of Art at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Kambli’s artwork has been well received, exhibited, published, collected and reviewed in the national/international photographic community.
In 2011, I gave up my Indian nationality to become an American citizen. Doing so meant having my Indian passport invalidated at the Indian consulate with a stamp stating “Passport cancelled as the holder has acquired Foreign Nationality”. Having lived in the United States for over 17 years it seemed odd to claim my American nationality as “foreign”. Taking as a departure point the bureaucratic language stamped in my Indian passport to invalidate it, this exhibition will present a migrant narrative- highlighting the fragmentation of family, identity, and culture common to the migrant experience and standing in contrast to the simplified rhetoric surrounding these topics, by combining labor intensive practice with playful experimentation- installations of objects and text in a variety of materials and media.
This program is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Max and Marian Farash Foundation; and Joy of Giving Something.