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Raqs Media Collective

04 Oct-31 Oct 2006

The Anthropometry of the Soul responds to the collection of Indian archives, artefacts and ephemera held by UK cultural repositories such as the Royal Anthropological Institute, the British Library, the University of London and the British Museum.

At inIVA on Tuesday 31st October 2006 between 6.30-8pm the collective will present an array of materials, exhibit images, venture a few adventurous speculations, ask and take questions and entertain their audience with a few strange stories that lie hidden in some of London’s archives.

Skulls, fingerprints, composite photographic portraits, anthropometric photographs, reports of police officers, colonial administrators and forensic scientists along with letters written by recovering Indian soldiers during the first world war and anthropological notations on the people of India and Britain are juxtaposed in this process to constitute a compelling ‘narrative in progress’ that considers how the detritus of Empire produced new disciplines for looking at and measuring human beings.

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