Family Portraiture: A discussion between Annu P Matthew and Martine Fougeron

Panel Discussion

Date: Sep 29, 2019
Time: 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm IST
Venue: Alliance Française of Madras


Chennai Photo Biennale is excited to present a Panel discussion on Family Portraiture between photo-based artist Annu P 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.

About the Panelists:

Annu P Matthew
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew divides her time between her family home in Bangalore, India and Providence, USA. Her photo-based artwork prompts the viewer to reexamine histories.
Matthew is Professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island. Her work was featured in the 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Grants that have supported her work include two Fulbright Fellowships. Her recent solo exhibitions include the Royal Ontario Museum, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and sepiaEYE, NYC. Matthew has also exhibited her work at the RISD Museum, Newark Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Houston, Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as at the Smithsonian.

Martine Fougeron
Martine Fougeron is a fine art photographer living and working in New York whose work has been exhibited internationally and is held in major public and private collections. Fougeron?s first monograph Teen Tribe will be published by Steidl in 2015. 
Fougeron was born in Paris and studied at LFNY, l?Institut d??tudes Politiques de Paris, Wellesley College and the International Center of Photography. She has been living in New York and working as a photographer for the last ten years, having turned to photography after a successful career as a Creative Director in the fragrance industry. Her incisive images of life and culture in that city have made her a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine.

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 [email protected]

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


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