Priya Kambli (born 1975, Mumbai, India) received a BFA at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and an MFA from the University of Houston. She is currently Professor of Art at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. One of her most significant accomplishments was winning the 2008 PhotoLucida Book Award for “Color Falls Down”. This series was conceived shortly after her first child, her son Kavi, was born. It inadvertently examines the question Kavi asked her when he was three years old: “Do you belong to two different worlds, since you speak two different languages?” The essence of his question continues to be a driving force in her artmaking. Kambli’s artwork has been exhibited, published, collected and reviewed in the national and international photographic community. Kambli’s intent is to make work driven by an awareness of the importance of hearing many voices from diverse perspectives, and, the political relevance of our private struggles.
Statement from the Artist:
My work has always been informed by the loss of my parents, my experience as a immigrant, and an archive of family photographs I brought with me to America. For the past decade, this archive of family photographs has been my primary source material in creating bodies of work which explore the immigrant narrative and challenges of cross-cultural understanding.