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Photographer Kevin Bubriski Named as 2010-2011 Robert Gardner Visiting Artist Fellow at the Peabody Museum

(Cambridge, April 9, 2010) Kevin Bubriski first began photographing Nepal in 1975, when he was stationed there as a Peace Corps water engineer. In the decades that followed he continued to shoot in Nepal, creating a large documentary record of the country.

“My photographs of Nepal are an inside observer’s way of entering into and coming to understand a foreign land that was my home for nine years,” says Bubriski. “The Fellowship will allow me to explore and share the visual anthropology and recent cultural history of Nepal.” He describes that history as an “evolution from an exotic destination for overland European travelers in the 1970s, political turmoil and strict monarchic rule in the 1970s and 1980s, democracy movement of 1990, the ten-year civil war from 1996 to 2006, to the current precarious peace.”

With the Robert Gardner Visiting Artist Fellowship, Bubriski will continue his photographic documentation of Nepal’s Karnali Zone this year and then be in residence preparing his material for publication.

Bubriski has previously collaborated with the Peabody Museum, curating an exhibition of anthropologist-photographer Michael Rockefeller’s work and writing the accompanying book published by the Peabody Museum Press.

“Kevin Bubriski’s own work is distinguished,” said William L. Fash, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum. “Nepal is both a remote and salient part of the world, one that the Peabody would be well served to represent in its photography collections and publications, particularly given the very large and significant collections we have from neighboring Tibet. The kinds of documentation that Kevin has engaged in for three decades now are very much in an anthropological (‘human condition’ and politics) vein that is of universal interest.”

About Kevin Bubriski
Bubriski’s previous photographic work in Nepal has been funded through photography purchases by Robert Gardner, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the International Center of Photography, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. It has been recognized and supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1988), the Fulbright Foundation (1989–90), and Guggenheim Foundation (1995–96). His Nepal Photography Project (1985-88) was funded by Harvard University’s Film Study Center.

He is the author of Portrait of Nepal (Chronicle) and Michael Rockefeller: New Guinea Photographs, 1961 (Peabody Museum Press). Bubriski teaches photography at Union College, New York.
 

The Robert Gardner Visiting Artist Fellowship at the Peabody Museum
The Robert Gardner Visiting Artist Fellowship permits an established practitioner of the arts to create and disseminate original work in still photography, film, and related media through such means as exhibitions, books, journals, lectures, symposia and the world wide web. The Fellowship provides a stipend of $50,000.
 

The Fellowship was given by Robert Gardner, award-winning documentary filmmaker and author, whose works have entered the permanent canon of non-fiction filmmaking. Gardner’s works include the documentary films “Dead Birds” and “Forest of Bliss” and books Gardens of War, The Impulse to Preserve, and Human Documents. In the 1970s Gardner produced and hosted “Screening Room,” a series of more than one hundred 90-minute programs on independent and experimental filmmaking. The series, considered an invaluable historical record of modern cinema, has been transferred to digital format, for archival preservation by the Museum of Film and Broadcasting in New York City. Robert Gardner received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Harvard University, and was director of Harvard’s Film Study and Visual Arts Centers from 1957 to 1997. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 

About the Peabody Museum
Robert Gardner writes, “Fifty years ago, by inaugurating the Film Study Center, the Peabody Museum at Harvard University placed its confidence in the notion that anthropology would benefit from stepping
into a visual world. The center became known for making films such as Dead Birds, Moving Pictures, Nicaragua, The Nuer, and many others, while all the time undertaking still photography as a less central but no less indispensable way to carry out the center’s original purposes. This long time later, it is fitting to acknowledge the role that photography has played in the center’s work during the last half century.”

The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. It is home to superb materials from Africa, ancient Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, Oceania, and South America in particular. In addition to its archaeological and ethnographic holdings, the Museum’s photographic archives, one of the largest of its kind, hold more than 500,000 historical photographs, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and chronicling anthropology, archaeology, and world culture.

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