Perimeter Editions x Anu Kumar | Melbourne Book Launch

Anu Kumar – Ghar

Perimeter is proud to announce the publication of Anu Kumar's debut photobook Ghar (Perimeter Editions 078). To celebrate the release of Ghar, please join us at Perimeter HQ (734 High St, Thornbury) on Saturday October 8, 4–6pm. The launch comprises an artist talk between Anu Kumar and Dan Rule, co-director of Perimeter, with a signing and celebratory drinks to follow. We hope to see you there!

Pre-orders, including the special edition, will be available to pick-up at the launch.

Perimeter HQ
734 High St, Thornbury VIC
Saturday October 8, 2022
From 4pm–6pm

This is a free event, with no reservations required.

Ideas around place and identity have never been unequivocal for Anu Kumar. When the young Melbourne-based photographer returned to to her birthplace of Kavi Nagar, India, for the first time since childhood at age twenty-one, she felt at sea. ‘I remember a feeling of discomfort, of not knowing my place or who I was in that context,’ she says. ‘I began taking photos as an exercise in learning how to be Indian.’ 

The term Ghar, meaning ‘home’ in Hindi, doubles as the title of this, her debut book, and the broader outcome of her pursuit – one that is as much a new beginning as it is a homecoming. Shooting over a period of five years on a medium format camera, Kumar’s soft gaze meanders between the rooms and courtyards of the family home in Kavi Nagar, and out onto the neighbouring streets, sketching out the symbolic and aesthetic markers of a personal and cultural heritage. Formal portraits of her grandmother, aunts and uncles, echoing the traditional family album, give way to intimate scenes of daily tasks and quiet idleness – a thorough visual record to preserve intergenerational gestures and familial rituals that may otherwise linger in the undocumented everyday.

Kumar’s search for familial closeness was suddenly given a new sense of universality when the COVID-19 pandemic closed Australia’s international borders for almost two years. Edited and sequenced during this period, Ghar also speaks to the enforced distance experienced by cross-cultural families, and the role of photographs as vessels for intimacy and connection. The series contemplates ‘home’ in all its multiplicities. A place, a sentiment, a responsibility; something at once inherently familiar and other times distant and incongruous.

136 pages, 14 x 18 cm, section-sewn hardcover, Perimeter Editions (Melbourne).

Anu Kumar – Ghar [Perimeter Editions 078]