Ms. Christine Rogers
Specialization: Photography
Home institution in US: Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Host Institution in India: 1 Shanthi Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka  
Start date/Month in India: October 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Christine Rogers is an artist from Nashville, Tennessee. She received her B.A. in anthropology from Oberlin College, Ohio in 2004 and her M.F.A. from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, Boston in 2008. Her work is an ongoing investigation of how inherited visual forms, whether from vernacular images, mass media or art history, structure and form our ideas of family, religion, politics, road trips, winning, losing and musicals. These interests are often a starting point for installations of new photographs and videos that are generally performative in nature and create a personal visual history that modifies the function of these images or renders them dysfunctional. She has most recently taught at Wellesley College as a visiting lecturer of photography from 2008-2011 and is currently a visiting scholar at Wellesley College. She has exhibited widely across the U.S. and will be having her first international exhibition this fall at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile.

For her Fulbright project, “Photographing Imagined Landscapes: The Switzerland of India,” Ms. Rogers will visit the northern hill stations of India from Darjeeling to Dalhousie and others in between, all of which lay claim to the landscape of “the Switzerland of India.” She is fascinated by what has happened in this particular region; through tourism, marketing and, in particular, Bollywood filmmaking, another landscape (the Swiss Alps) has been imagined throughout the northern Indian landscape, and in its place an imitation of an imitation has been constructed. She will be photographing the cultural confluence of this region at the daybreak of the Indian middle class tourist industry.