The Unremembered Indian Soldiers : Indian Soldiers of World War II

About the Project

Misplaced and lost in our country’s history are the lives of the unremembered 25 lakh Indian soldiers who fought in the Second World War. Archiving these lives by collecting and narrating stories as told by their families, most of them from Bangalore, The Unremembered is an exhibition of archival footage, photographs, films and installations. Using UV light and invisible ink, the names of the 89,000 Indian soldiers are turned into an interactive installation. To take the audience through their journey of entering the army, the team recreated the height outline which was required for soldiers to qualify to join the army. The exhibition will also include lithophanes created using old photographs with ambient recordings of their families and projecting of archival footage of the soldiers’ lives. 

Annu Palakunnathu Mathew

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew’s photo-based artwork mines issues of identity, immigration and inter-generational memory. Her work takes advantage of the viewer’s uncertainty between the reality of photography and it’s manipulation through digital tools to get the viewer to re-examine and construct parallel histories. Her recent exhibitions include the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and sepiaEYE, NYC. She has also exhibited her work at the RISD Museum, Newark Art Museum, MFA Boston, San Jose Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts (TX), Victoria & Albert Museum (London). Grants and fellowships supporting her work include a MacColl Johnson, John Guttman, two Fulbright Fellowships and grants from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts.  Matthew is a Professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island. She was also the Director of the Center for the Humanities from 2014-2019 and Silvia Chandley Professor in Peace Studies and Non-violence, 2015-17.  She is represented by sepiaEYE, NYC.

Co-Facilitator : Gissy Michael


Artist's Note

I think that experimenta was very much a sign of the times of people kind of evolving with technology, kind of opening up to different forms and different art practices.


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