KINGSTON, RI – September 28, 2021 – A new online exhibit in memory of the 2.5 million Indians who voluntarily took up arms to fight on behalf of their British colonial rulers during World War II is now live on the new digital exhibition space of URI libraries. The forgotten: Indian soldiers of World War II, which recognizes the contribution of these forgotten soldiers, presents the work of multimedia artist Professor Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, and accompanies his mid-career ReVision retrospective at the Newport Art Museum which runs through January 9.
Matthew has shed light on this hidden story through multiple projects. After families of Indian soldiers began contacting her with stories and photographs, she began to create digital archives and collected over 200 photos. The online exhibit features 10 photographs of Indian soldiers and their stories and was curated by Julia Lovett, Associate Professor and Digital Initiatives Librarian for University Libraries, along with Matthew.
âAnnu’s work on this hidden story is inspiring and it was a pleasure to collaborate with her. An online exhibit is a great way to tell a story or honor an event, while reaching a large audience, âsaid Lovett. âWith our new digital exhibits platform, I look forward to presenting more stories from the URI community in this way. “
Discussing how the online exhibit fits into his exhibit at the museum, Matthew noted that âa gallery of the exhibit at the museum is a multimedia installation, featuring laser-cut 3D crystals of some of these photographs. with archival videos and stories. I wanted people to learn more about the individual identity of the people represented. Collaborating with Julia made this possible! Museum visitors will use a QR code to access the URI Libraries digital exhibit.
Lovett and Matthew are also working together to create a comprehensive Indian soldier records database, which will be available online. URI’s digital exhibit space is open to all community members and can be found at: https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/exhibit/.
For general questions, contact Julia Lovett at [email protected] To learn more about Annu Matthew’s work, visit https://www.annumatthew.com/.