Sona and Me (Premier Pandmini), 2017
8½ x 11" Archival pigment print
6½ x 9" Image size
Edition of 22
Each print includes a certificate of authenticity, numbered and hand-signed by the artist.
About the Image
Double Figure was made in Northfield, MA along a bank of the Connecticut River. It was around the time of the beginning of the pandemic in the U.S., and flocking to the hills felt appropriate and safe. At the time I was also researching paths of the Underground Railroad in the state. I became fixated on making this kind of double portrait, where the figure is following itself through the brush. I felt that the action of double exposure visualized the kind of ancestral/historical interference that I often think about. Being able to step in the footsteps of someone else.
Priya Kambli received her 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, Missouri.
Kambli’s work inadvertently examines the question asked by her son Kavi at age three; did she belong to two different worlds, since she spoke two different languages? The essence of his question continues to be a driving force in her art making. In her work, Kambli has always strived to understand the formation and erasure of identity that is an inevitable part of the migrant experience, exploring the resulting fragmentation of family, identity, and culture.
Kambli’s artwork has been well received, having been exhibited, published, collected and reviewed in the national and international photographic community. She was the winner of the inaugural Female in Focus, 2019 award - aimed at addressing the gender imbalance in the industry by highlighting the exceptional quality of work by female photographers around the world. She is also the winner of the 2021 Individual Artist Outstanding Artist by the Missouri Arts Council. The success of Kambli’s work underlines the fact that she is engaged in an important dialogue, and reinforces her intent to make work driven by a growing awareness of the importance of many voices from diverse perspectives and the political relevance of our private struggles.