As a South Asian, if you, a family member, or a friend served in World War II, share your photographs and stories before those memories are lost to history.

Did your relative fight for the British in the Second World War?  Open up your photo albums.  If you have photographs of family members, I would appreciate you sending scans to Indiansoldiers1945 at gmail dot com for an art project. Or contact me to scan them.   

I am a professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island in the USA and am in India on a Fulbright Fellowship. 

2.5 million Indian soldiers fought for the British in the Second World War and are largely forgotten in history.  I am currently working on an art project to highlight the unaddressed history of these soldiers.

Can you help me source informal photographs of the soldiers who fought in the Second World War from family albums (vs. army records) to include in my project? 

I will be in India from mid-August 2019 to early February 2020 and can also travel to meet families to scan their photographs. 

To see a clip from the Kochi Muziris Biennale that was on the Italian Campaign

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To share your story and photographs,  please email them to me at   IndianSoldiers1945 at gmail dot com



Annu Palakunnathu Matthew

 Annu Palakunnathu Matthew divides her time between her family home in Bangalore, India and Providence, USA. Her photo-based artwork prompts the viewer to reexamine histories.

Matthew is Professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island. Her work was featured in the 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Grants that have supported her work include two Fulbright Fellowships. Her recent solo exhibitions include the Royal Ontario Museum, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and sepiaEYE, nyc. Matthew has also exhibited her work at the RISD Museum, Newark Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Houston, Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as at the Smithsonian.


©2018 by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew