Fakir and Friends
Artist RegionOntario
DescriptionAujla’s Fakir and Friends uses an archival image by Frank Carpenter entitled Fakir and Monkeys, part of the collection of the US Library of Congress. Aujla reimagines Carpenter's Orientalist image by layering highly saturated colours to contemporize the image, and to bring contrast between the brightly coloured foreground subjects and the antiqued Indian banknotes in the background. In Arabic, the word fakir is loosely translated into “poor man”, as they were ascetics who renounced all worldly possessions. Popular characterizations of fakirs have strayed from the original definition, and they became thought of as beggars or swindlers. These street performers were popular subjects for the Western orientalist lens fascinated with “The Far East”.
Materials Digital collage
12 1/2 × 11 1/2 in. (31.8 × 29.2 cm)
Sheet: 27.9 × 21.6 cm (11 × 8 1/2 in.)
Object number FAC-2016-00002
Edition Edition 1/5
In Collection(s):
Credit Line Courtesy Humber Galleries