Annu Palakunnathu Matthew: Panel Discussion Chennai Photography Biennale

September 29, 2019, 4-6 PM

Chennai Photo Biennale is excited to present a Panel Discussion on Family Portraiture between photo-based artist Annu Matthew and fine art photographer Martine Fougeron.

Family photos are an essential testimony of the way of life of a given period of time. They inform on the social status of the subject family, the event for which photo was taken, the selection of family members displayed in the photo. The usual family patterns have been married couples with children, sometimes along with the grandparents. The group that is now considered to be a family is no longer with the same cast. On the photographer's side, the information lies on his social status, on the image he reworks on to adjust the result to his own and the client's expectations.

Join us for a thought-provoking session to ponder at what “Family Portrait” means in the modern-day scenario.

Call for Archives: Indian Soldiers 1945
2.5 million Indian soldiers fought for the British in the Second World War and are largely forgotten in history. Did anyone from your family fight in World War 2?

Artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew is working on an art project to highlight the unaddressed history of these soldiers. Open up your photo albums and let your photos add to the unremembered Indian history.

If you do have any such pictures of a family member (they do not have to be in combat) kindly share it with Annu P Matthew at

Annu will be in India till mid-February on a Fulbright Fellowship and can also travel to meet families to scan their photographs. All details regarding her project can be found on

Link to Event Page (Link)
Family Portraiture: A discussion between Annu P Matthew and Martine Fougeron
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