Angela Aujla, Liminality, 2015
Artist RegionOntario
DescriptionInspired by a Deidi von Schaewen photograph of two girls peering from a doorway, Aujla found that the original image reproduced Orientalist tropes via Western travellers producing exotified images of non-Western cultures. Intrigued by the gaze of the central girl in the image, she chose to create a work that engaged with the original photograph's composition, but in the style of Indian miniature paintings, giving the girl a more pensive, assertive gaze. The title "Liminality" refers to a transitory, in-between state or space, derived from "limen", the Latin word for "threshold". From the point of view of Postcolonial Studies theorist Homi K. Bhabha, the threshold can be seen metaphorically as an in-between space characterized by the potential for production of hybridity, cultural meaning and subversion.
Materials Print
17 × 12 in. (17 × 12 in.)
Sheet: 25.4 × 20.3 cm (10 × 8 in.)
Object number FAC-2016-00003
Edition Edition 1/5
In Collection(s):
Credit Line Courtesy Humber Galleries