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Amrita and Mrs. Sondhi, 1986

Ken Lum
Canadian, 1956
dye coupler print and acrylic paint on opaque plexiglas
102 x 225.9 x 6.3 cm irregular
Gift of Ydessa Hendeles, Toronto, 1993
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37583)
© Ken Lum

"Amitra and Mrs. Sondhi" is part of a series produced by Ken Lum in the 1980s titled Portrait Logos, in which the intimacy of a family portrait is interrupted by the look and feel of corporate advertising. Lum suggests the piece is actually a portrait of Mr. Sondhi, the "patriarch" of the family who is absent but represented in name and logo on the left hand side of the picture. He explains: "I was interested in the fact that Mr. Sondhi was always travelling, because he was a businessman. I think the world is still the man's oyster, especially in the third world, places like India, China. This piece was a meditation on that. He's not there, but he's there."

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