About the Book
Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora brings together a group of innovative and compelling photographers and video artists. In addition to their geographic derivation, uniting the artists in the exhibition is the concept of “parallax,” the apparent displacement of an object caused by viewing it from two (or more) positions. It is significant to note that parallax views are not necessarily oppositional but function to enhance our visual understanding of an object. As Slavoj Žižek explains the clarifying effect of parallax: “We do not have two perspectives, we have a perspective and what eludes it, and the other perspective fills in this void of what we could not see from the first perspective.” The photography and videos in Picturing Parallax provide this “other perspective,”1 giving us fresh vantage points to view other, less visible realities of diaspora; they expose the gap that exists between the hegemonic perspective of the South Asian diaspora and its complex realities.