Influences /// Nandan Ghiya’s Error Message Portraits


Something is not quite right with Nandan Ghiya‘s portraits.                                              Indeed, several are titled Download Error.  Ghiya’s antique                                               portraits of upper class men and women from the past seem                                                   to be physical manifestations of garbled JPEG files.                                                                Each portrait is collaged and each frame carefully modified                                                        in a ways that resemble corrupted digital photographs.                                                           The now forgotten subjects of these portraits may have sought                                        posterity through these images and the artist seems to                                              communicate this in a familiar visual language of the digital.                                                     He uses life documented through JPEG’s, glitches,                                                                   and error messages to reflect the modern plastic identity.