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The Brunei Gallery
SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG
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Cost Free Admission
Tel020 7898 4046 (recorded information)
This exhibition covers a selection of picture postcards from the Indian cities of Chennai and Bengaluru between 1900 and the 1930s; then known as Madras and Bangalore. They were the two most important colonial cities in British south India. By pairing these together, this exhibition tells a tale of how these two cities, although separated by 215 miles, were linked through a set of common representational and material practices. FROM MADRAS TO BANGALORE explores how postcard practices imagined, figured and performed a colonial encounter by depicting cities’ monuments, street, people and places.

In the early decades of the 20th century, postcards were at the height of their popularity and were an innovative and affordable form of communicating. It has been estimated that in Britain alone approximately six billion postcards passed through the British postal system between 1902 and 1910.

OPEN: Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 – 17.00 / Late night Thursday 10.30 – 20.00, Sunday 11.00 – 17.00
CLOSED: Monday & Bank Holidays

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