Documentary photographer Anu Kumar was born in India in 1990 and raised in Australia. Her ongoing photo series Nagar means “town” in Hindi, and documents her trip to her hometown of Kavi Nagar, Ghaziabad, which is two hours away from Delhi. The photos in this installation were taken during Kumar’s daily 4 PM wanders around the village with her two aunts.
Through her photography, Kumar engages with and investigates her own diasporic identity as well as the beauty in the everyday. Her work focuses heavily on culture and beckons viewers to find similarities and beauty in the unfamiliar.
How to View Nagar
During the day, Nagar can be viewed on monitors inside the ICP Museum and during evening hours, images are literally “projected” onto the windows of the ICP Museum; they can be viewed from the sidewalk outside the Museum and are most visible after sunset. Learn more about Projected.
About the Artist
Anu Kumar (b.1990) is an Australian documentary photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Kumar is captivated by diversity in culture and circumstance, and seeks to portray these alternate realities through the humble beauty in peoples’ unexpected and everyday moments. She appreciates the rare glimpse her photography allows into strangers’ lives, and wishes to capture their reality with sincerity to encourage viewers to reflect and engage with foreign contexts, as human and real. On a personal level, Kumar’s photo stories give her the opportunity to connect with her own Indian heritage and explore identity, as a woman born in India and raised in Australia.