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Robert T. Matsui Art Gallery

City Hall Gallery
Located at Sacramento City Hall,  915 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. 
Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm


Refocusing the Lens: An Exhibit of Pranlal Patel's Photographs of Women at Work in Ahmedabad

February 7,  2017 - May 31, 2017.


Receptions are held at the gallery location and are free to the public. 

Monday, February 6, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 p.m. 


The Sacramento Metropoiltan Arts Commission, in collaboration with the UC Davis Middle East /South Asia Studies Program "South Asia without Borders" initiative will host the public reception for this exhibition on Monday, February 6th 2017 at 4 pm. The Consul General of India in San Francisco, Mr. Venkatesan Ashok, will inaugurate the exhibit at 4:00 pm along with
UC Davis Associate Vice Provost of Global Affairs, Ermias Kebreab, followed by a lecture/discussion by Professor Lisa Trivedi, Hamilton College.

Refocusing the Lens, features images documenting lives of women who were part of the India’s labor force in early 20th century taken by celebrated Indian photographer Pranlal K. Patel. Commissioned for Jyoti Sangh, an early twentieth century women’s social reform organization dedicated to improving the lives of Indian women, these photographs provide insight into the everyday lives of working class women engaged in a range of tasks—in their homes, neighborhoods, and markets on the streets of Ahmedabad.

The exhibition is curated by Lisa Trivedi, professor of history at Hamilton College in New York. Dr. Trivedi is a cultural and social historian of modern South Asia who received her doctorate from the University of California at Davis. She is the author of Clothing Gandhi’s Nation: Homespun and Modern India (Indiana, 2007) and is currently working on a book titled Bound By Cloth: women textile workers in Bombay and Lancashire, 1890-1940. Trivedi discovered Patel’s series during a sabbatical in Gujarat in 2011. She worked closely with Patel for two years before his death to create an exhibition for the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, from which it is currently on loan.

Refocusing the Lens