Powder Bowl Shani Mootoo
- Giclee print on cotton archival paper
- 16 × 24 inches
40.64 × 60.96 cm
From her "History Revisited" series, this colourful photographic memoir by Shani Mootoo is an emotive portrait of change. This framed and matted giclee print is editioned, 1/8. Framed size is 25 x 33 inches. It is also available in one larger size, 21 x 31.5 inches (30.5 x 40 inches framed, edition of 5, $3,400). Mootoo's images of interior rooms, furniture and trinkets constitute a form of portraiture, where the lines and wrinkles of the aging space resemble the aging of a person, their life story revealed on their skin. The original vision of the house has been transformed by time and by the usage and neglect of progressive generations. This is the home Mootoo returns to when she visits Trinidad, and like the family member who travels 'back home' to visit aged relatives, she has photographed the spaces therein to capture--perhaps for posterity, perhaps for the nostalgia of the one who left home and country--its history of the generations laid one on top of the other, each layer creating a pentimento of stories.