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The Department of Visual Arts at the Univeristy of Louisiana at Lafayette is proud to announce visiting artist Pradip Malde.

Pradip Malde was born in Arusha, Tanzania, in 1957. His parents are the children of Indians who emigrated to East Africa and, after establishing a privileged life in Tanzania, fled from the turmoil that spread through that region in the 1970s. Concerned about loss and belonging since then, he has come to think of artifacts as membranes, where what may be explicit and immutable begins to lead us into the more mutable realms of meaning and memory.

He studied photography at what is now the Arts University of Bournemouth, England, and completed a MA at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 1979. He moved to Orkney, Scotland, in 1980. It was there that he began, with Dr. Mike Ware, to reformulate the platinum/palladium printing process. This led to extensive collaborations with the Imogen Cunningham Trust, the Margrethe Mather Estate, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, among others, and the publication, “Platinotype: Making Photographs in Platinum and Palladium with the Contemporary Printing-out Process,” Routledge, 2020.

Malde is a photographer and Samuel R. Williamson Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Art at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. Much of his work considers the experience of loss and how it serves as a catalyst for regeneration. He is currently working in rural communities in Haiti, Tanzania, and Tennessee, designing models for community development through photography.

His works are in the collections of the Museum of the Art Institute, Chicago; Princeton University Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Yale University Museum and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, among others. Malde was appointed as a Faculty Fellow by the Appalachian College Association (2018-19) and a Guggenheim Fellow (2018), which resulted in a book of photographs about loss and sacrifice, “From Where Loss Comes,” Charcoal Press, 2022.

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Artist Lecture:

Wednesday, February 1st, 6:00 PM
Fletcher Hall, Room 134
421 East Lewis Street, Lafayette LA