Rajkamal Kahlon, Professor of painting
Rajkamal Kahlon’s research-based practice resides at the intersection of visuality, violence, and colonial histories. Submitting historical and contemporary archives to a transformative process of deconstruction and intervention, the artist proposes painting as a strategy of rehabilitation and radical care. Kahlon appropriates a range of archival materials in her work—anthropology and travel books, historical treatises, medical records and military reports which premise a colonizer perspective. The artist confronts the problematic nature of her sources overlaying contemporary imagery and poignant portraiture atop the disassembled book pages. Through her visual address, she questions the narratives contained within these materials and reveals the racist subtexts and objectifications of the ethnic body found within.
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