I have been viewing this issue through the lens of my own personal history and cultural journey from India to the United States. I moved to the US at the age of 18, carrying my entire life in one suitcase weighing about 20 lbs. This journey left me feeling disconnected — unable to anchor myself in any particular cultural framework. I have therefore formed a hybrid identity, a patching together of two cultures within one person.
In my work I explore absence, loss and genealogy through the use of my own family snapshots. These personal artifacts are recontextualized alongside fragmented images and staged imagery to reveal the correlations between generations, cultures and memory.
— Priya Kambli was chosen as an Honorable Mention in the 2009 Lens Culture International Exposure Awards.
Priya was awarded the 2008 PhotoLucida book award, and is a 2009 Critical Mass Top 50 finalist. This series, Color Falls Down, will be on show at Hungry's Café and Bistro in Houston during Fotofest 2010.