A British tourist visits sites across India. He is repeatedly stopped by locals and photographed. In return, he photographs his photographers. Each subject becomes an object in the other's viewfinder; flattened into an archetype.
During Britain’s colonial rule of India, photography was an instrument of control. The explosion of digital technology claims to have levelled this inequity. But while we may be equipped with the same digital devices, our gaze is different - because our histories are different.
Reversing and re-enacting the documentary practices of the colonial state,
this project explores the process of subjectivation that occurs in the tourist snapshot.
Date : 2011
Media : Digital photography
Commissioner : ArtLicks (London)