Mohini Chandra’s ALBUM PACIFICA is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive

Album Pacifica

Title: album pacifica

Photographer: Mohini Chandra

Date of Publication: 2001

Publisher: Autograph AbP

ISBN: 1899282653

This is an artist’s bookwork featuring over 100 images that Chandra collected of her Fiji Indian family who are dispersed across the globe. It stands as a homage to (and an attempt to) ‘reuniting’ her family. However Chandra had literally inverted the traditional family photograph by presenting the entire series of photographs in verso, revealing only the back of each image with the photographer’s stamp, handwritten inscriptions, and general wear and tear. These details becomes clues or evidence not only to Chandra’s personal background but also to the ways in which we all rely on the visual as proof of history.