Professor of Art Pradip Malde has been awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded Fellowships this spring to 175 U.S. and Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists who were appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, and were chosen from a group of 3,000 applicants.
Malde teaches classes at Sewanee in photography, documentary photography, and electronic media. He is currently working in rural communities in Haiti, Tanzania, and Tennessee, designing models for community development through photography. His work in Haiti will be shown at the RAY 2018 Photo Triennial this summer in Frankfurt, Germany. That forum calls his photos an “homage to the resilience of Haiti.” Much of Malde’s photography considers the experience of loss and how it serves as a catalyst for regeneration. The Guggenheim Fellowship will support work on a new book of photographs, about female genital cutting, which looks with widened eyes at loss and sacrifice. A blog post summarizes this work.
Malde’s works are held in collections including the Museum of the Art Institute, Chicago; Princeton University Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Yale University Museum; and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.