Collection Artwork
Wendy Ewald (born Detroit, Michigan, 1951)
Tidi, Harijan (Untouchable Caste)
1989-1990
gelatin silver print
paper size: 19 7/8 x 16 in.
image size: 18 1/2 x 15 3/4 in.
The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum
Vichya, India, Asia
2018.10.3
Stamped in black ink, verso, center: [horizontal line] / PHOTOGRAPHER / [horizontal line] / DATE / [horizontal line] / TITLE / [horizontal line] / PRINT NUMBER / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. / NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN / PERMISSION FROM / [horizontal line] / WENDY EWALD [outlined in rectangle]
Inscribed, dated, and signed in pencil, verso, center, on horizontal lines in stamp: Wendy Ewald / 1989-1990 / Tidi, Harijan (Untouchable caste) / Wendy Ewald
Inscribed in pencil, verso, lower right: WE088

Object Label

Tidi is a member of India’s “untouchable” caste, its members caught in a system that, although officially illegal, deems them impure and less than human. Wendy Ewald enlists Tidi and other sitters into the creative process by encouraging them to draw or write on the image.

From the exhibition: Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy (July 9 – December 18, 2022)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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