Multimodal Anthropologies

“Tainted Frictions” is a nonlinear visual essay that generates a creative set of tensions between photographs and texts to examine color in postcolonial India and Cuba. Bringing words (in the form of a variety of quotes, snippets, and longer reflections) into an interrupted and unstable set of dialogues and frictions with images (photographs by the author of this essay), this work can be looked at as a simple and manual form of interactive documentary.

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  1. Download the file (right-click the link or image below and select “Save Link As”).
  2. Open the file with image-viewing software (Preview, Image Viewer, etc.). The file is also viewable on smartphones.
  3. Start swimming in the image.


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