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Perrier, Eileen  

Christine Robinson

(b London, Sept 27, 1974).

British photographer of Ghanaian and Dominican descent. Perrier’s work primarily explores portraiture and its historical traditions in Africa. Her photographic projects address her own multicultural identity by questioning themes of diversity, cultural belonging, and identity.

Perrier graduated with a BA from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Farnham in 1996. That same year she travelled with her mother to Ghana for the first time and made Ghana, a series of documentary photographs of people, interiors, and details of life both foreign and familiar. In the series she depicted quiet moments such as a small arrangement of photographs and books in an otherwise empty corner of a room, and made individual and group portraits of family members she had just met. Upon her return she completed the series Red, Gold and Green (1995–7): photographs of her extended family members in their London homes. The photographs documented her relatives—all first, second, and third generations from Ghana—seated or standing before the Ghanaian national flag in their own chosen clothing, ranging from sequins to Kente cloth (...

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Sigala, José  

María Antonia González-Arnal

revised by Jennifer Sales

(b Barquisimeto, 1940; d Barquisimeto, Jul 26, 1995).

Venezuelan photographer and teacher. He first studied architecture, ceramics, and jewelry, but in 1963 turned to the study of photography in Philadelphia with Murry Weiss and Sol Libsohn, returning to Venezuela in 1964 where he taught and led workshops in photography at the Instituto de Diseño, Caracas, and at the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura, Caracas. Sigala worked as a photographer for the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Caracas and for the newspaper El nacional and its magazine Pandora. He coordinated the photography for the newspaper El informador in Barquisimeto. Sigala concentrated on photographing people, as in Vicky (1964; Caracas, Mus. B.A.) and the series of thirteen photographs of María Antonieta Cámpoli (1974; Caracas, Mus. A. Contemp. Sofía Imber). In 1990 he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Fotografía. He is included in collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Deeso Gallery in Philadelphia....