Ms. Annu P. Matthew
 
Specialization: Photography
Home institution in US: University of Rhode Island, Kingston
Host Institution in India: National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat       
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 5 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Annu P. Matthew is a professor of art at the University of Rhode Island and a photographer represented by Sepia EYE, New York and Tasveer Gallery, India (www.annumatthew.com). Her recent exhibitions include Sepia International, New York City; the Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Newark Art Museum, New Jersey; 2009 Guangzhou Biennial of Photography, China; and the 2006 Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Netherlands. In 2007, Ms. Matthew was the first of three artists to be awarded the MacColl Johnson Fellowship in Visual Arts. Among the list of other grants recently supporting Ms. Matthew‘s work include a Fulbright Fellowship, the John Gutmann Fellowship, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Fellowship and the American Institute of Indian Studies Creative Arts Fellowship. She was recently an artist-in-residence at the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies. Her work can be found in the collections of the George Eastman House; Fogg Museum at Harvard University, Massachusetts; Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, among others. Ms. Matthew’s work is featured in BLINK (Phaidon 2002), which according to the publisher celebrates the quality and vision of today's 100 most exciting international contemporary photographers; Auto Focus: The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography (Crown Publishing Group 2010); and The Digital Eye (Prestel 2010).

During her Fulbright fellowship, Ms. Matthew will share her range of experience as a teacher and artist. Her Fulbright project, “Generate and Re-Generations: Preparing India’s future photography professors and refocusing Re-Generations,” will involve mentoring graduate students in photography at the National Institute of Design and expanding on her project, Re-Generations, by exploring how political histories shape the way that families gather, keep and appreciate old family photos, and building on the photo animations that she has been making to focus on families who had to come to India during the Partition.

Matthew-Annu
www.usief.org.in