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Pradip Malde's Kitchen, with plastic flowers and tea pot, at Madame Verdieu’s home, Bois Jolie, Haiti

The SAS Gallery at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School will open the 2019-20 gallery season with photographs of Pradip Malde. Malde’s show Our Own Hunger: Photographs of Kitchens will be in the SAS Gallery August 19 – September 30, with a public artist’s reception on Thursday, September 5, 4-6 p.m.

Malde’s masterful photographs depict kitchens from Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and Tanzania. As Malde explains, “Kitchens are the center of any home and can present indicators of economic and social position.” These photographs are both lush and starkly beautiful. They honor the families whose nourishment grows from these kitchens, and yet they point to the injustices of systematic poverty within their communities. The work in this show invites the viewer to contemplate this disparity. St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Gallery is delighted to offer the first public viewing of this new and on-going body of work that Malde began in 2010.

Pradip Malde is a photographer and professor at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. Much of his work considers the experience of loss and how it serves as a catalyst for regeneration. He is currently working in rural communities in Haiti, Tanzania, and Tennessee, designing models for community development through photography. Works are held in the collections of the Museum of the Art Institute, Chicago; Princeton University Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Yale University Museum; and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, among others. He was won many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Creative Arts in 2018.

Malde was born in Arusha, Tanzania in 1957. His parents were the children of Indians who emigrated to East Africa, and after having established a privileged life in Tanzania, fled from the turmoil that spread through that region in the 1970s. Concerned about loss and belonging since then, he has come to think of artifacts as membranes, where what may be explicit and immutable begins to lead us into the realms of memory and meaning, and ultimately, understanding the experiences of others.

In conjunction with the SAS exhibit, Pradip Malde will offer a one-day public photography workshop, Photographic Vision: Bringing What We Imagine into an Image, on Saturday, September 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. In the workshop, participants will consider the fundamental controls of photography and how a photograph can be made to be eloquent. One should bring a camera (smart phone or DSL) to use and all necessary connectors. The $25 fee includes lunch.  For more information and to register, contact the SAS Gallery at sasgallery@sasweb.org.

SAS Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and by appointment. Contact the gallery at sasgallery@sasweb.org for more information.

For more information about St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, visit www.sasweb.org.