Akshaya Tankha goes beyond simple assessments of portraiture in colonial India. Instead, he explores how practitioners in both eras were able to visualize people through their art. In doing so, he will discuss how portraits were intended to be read in the times they were produced and how image technologies were harnessed to help capture livelihood.
Akshaya Tankha is a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Art at the University of Toronto. Tankha's doctoral research is on art and visual culture in the indigenously inhabited Nagaland in northeast India. He has worked at the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi, a center for the preservation, documentation and study of South Asian photography as researcher from 2008-11, and with Khoj International Artists Association, a major catalyst for contemporary art in South Asia and the Global South as a consultant researcher.