Prof. Brooke White
Specialization: Art
Home institution in US: University of Mississippi, University
Host Institution in India: Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru, Karnatka      
Start date/Month in India: September 2012
Duration of grant: 5 months

Brief Bio:
Prof. Brooke White is both a practicing artist and an educator who specializes in fine art photography and video art. She has an M.F.A. from Cornell University, New York and a B.F.A. from Alfred University’s New York State College of Ceramics. Prof. White has exhibited her photographs and videos nationally and internationally, including at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska; MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art); and the DiVA Art Fair in New York, Paris and Berlin. She creates much of her work, both photographic and video, while traveling in areas such as East Africa, South East Asia, South America and the southeastern U.S. Ms. White’s work analyzes the ways in which disease, tourism, agriculture and politics affect our connection to the landscape. Most recently Ms. White has been collaborating with scientists who specialize in Alzheimer’s disease research to find the relationship between memory loss and our connection to place. Ms. White’s work combines cutting-edge digital strategies found in the most contemporary photography today with traditional imaging techniques used in black-and-white photography.

As associate professor of art at the University of Mississippi, Ms. White teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in traditional black-and-white photography, digital photography, digital video, alternative photographic processes and large-format digital printing. In the classroom she encourages a cross-disciplinary approach to art-making that combines traditional analog techniques with the newest digital strategies. Ms. White is concerned with bringing together practice, concept and context through thematically based projects that allow students to gain an understanding of the past, present and future of lens-based image making.

Prof. White’s Fulbright project, “Identity and Contemporary New Media Art in India,” will show in digital media how the global economic market and technologies have distanced our connection to place, creating a radical form of displacement and an identity crisis in India’s post-colonial culture. Much of India’s current cultural identity depends upon its recent economic liberalization, which is driven by technology. This shift signifies a major departure from India’s traditional modes of cultural production, where colonialism and post-colonialism determined much of India’s cultural identity.