Author Archive: Deepali Dewan

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Glimpses of Upper Burma: Clement Williams (1833-1879)

Posted: August 31, 2018 - 18:22 , by Deepali Dewan
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Black and white pagoda image

The recently-acquired collection of photography, documents, and artifacts provides a rare glimpse into Upper Burma before colonization, allowing us to consider the intersection of politics, trade, and religion in the 19th century. Written by Ron Graham and Deepali Dewan.

Kalighat Paintings: Murder in the Collection

Posted: April 5, 2018 - 00:31 , by Deepali Dewan
Illustration of a man and a seated woman

A notorious murder case is one of the subjects of the ROM’s collection of mid-nineteenth century Kalighat paintings, an urban folk art style that developed around a popular Kali temple in Kolkata, India. Written by Piali Roy.


The Natural World in South Asian Painting

Posted: September 5, 2017 - 11:58 , by Deepali Dewan
A grassy landscape with grazing animals and a group of men carrying a man in a palaquin.

In Indian painting, nature is a space of possibilities—where spiritual retreats, leisure activities, romantic encounters, and tests of skill take place. Written by Deepali Dewan.

New to ROM: Frances Ferdinands

Posted: May 2, 2016 - 11:35 , by Deepali Dewan
Illustration of a jug container with a red floral pattern.

Combining aesthetic beauty and history, this work cleverly and poetically combine references from historical Sri Lankan decorative art alongside meanings that resonate with issues of inequality, injustice, and the exploitation of natural resources during Sri Lanka’s colonial past. Written by Deepali Dewan.

Family Camera: Mystery Missionary

Posted: April 14, 2016 - 16:38 , by Deepali Dewan
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If family albums are understood as social artifacts, rather than simply images, perhaps their vulnerability towards dehistoricization and aestheticization can be overcome. Written by Aliya Mazari.

New to ROM: Tiger Claw Necklace

Posted: November 16, 2015 - 11:56 , by Deepali Dewan

On the one hand, it is an example of delicate Victorian jewelry. On the other, it is a reminder of a past when the conservation of wildlife species was far from the minds of people. Written by Deepali Dewan.

Weapon Wednesday: Pesh Kabz

Posted: July 14, 2015 - 22:07 , by Deepali Dewan

Pesh Kabz, means ‘fore grip’ in Persian, a language from Iran where this style of dagger finds its origins. Written by Aruna Panday


Artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew takes Family Photos at ROM

Posted: May 25, 2015 - 16:16 , by Deepali Dewan
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On May 23, 2015, in conjunction with the exhibition “Generations: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew,” artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew set up studio in the ROM galleries to take coplimentary family photographs of ROM visitors.

Arti Chandaria (1960-2015)

Posted: January 29, 2015 - 10:52 , by Deepali Dewan
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Arti Chandaria, long-time ROM friend, volunteer, and supporter passed away on Friday January 23, 2015. She lived each day with vigor and enthusiasm, never letting cancer impede her from a life of discovery.  As a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend, she inspired with her passion, determination and boundless curiosity.  Arti taught us that life is measured not by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. Written by Deepali Dewan

Pacifist Males & Warrior Females

Posted: November 21, 2014 - 16:36 , by Deepali Dewan

About a hundred year ago, mass produced colour lithographs proliferated across the South Asian subcontinent creating new imaginary communities through a shared visual imagery. In this new kind of visual culture, hero images seemed to flip traditional gender roles by being dominated by warrior females and pacifist males. Written by Deepali Dewan