Indiaworld: Images of the Global Indian Diaspora by Preston Merchant will open on May 17th, 2019 and close on June 15th, 2019.
Come join us for the reception of the exhibit on Friday, May 17th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Indiaworld: Images of the Global Indian Diaspora presents photographer Preston Merchant's nearly twenty-year journey through the communities that trace their lineage to India. In dozens of countries, including the UK, Canada, the UAE, Kenya, Trinidad, Malaysia, and the United States (with a special focus on California), Merchant explores the ways in which the experience of migration—sometimes recent, sometimes in the distant past—affects the lives of everyday people. Diaspora Indians feel the strong pull of an Indian identity, but those ties do not prevent them from creating a culture of their own. Numbering some 30 million, the Indian diaspora has been called one of the most successful migrations in human history. It continues to shape the many countries where it is a significant community and to affect the future of India itself.
Preston Merchant lives in Union City, California. He teaches photography as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York and was a featured artist in the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.” He has contributed pictures to the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, CNBC, India West, India Abroad, The Caravan, The Hindu, Tasveer Arts Journal, Himal Southasian, Das Magazin, and other places.