Mutiny in 1857 subject of Vizcult talkTweet
In 1858, the photographer Felice Beato traveled to India to document the aftermath of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 — an unexpected uprising of Indians against the increasing British domination of the subcontinent. Produced for a metropolitan audience eager to consume proof of the violence that British troops had wrought against Indian bodies as well as landscapes, Beato’s photographs were an important representation of the Mutiny. In this presentation, Beato’s photographs are placed within a longer history of visual knowledge about the Mutiny that circulated in India as well as Britain. The Mutiny was represented through the panorama, engravings in illustrated newspapers, postcards, and later commemorated through architectural preservation and memorial design. The serial reproduction of the Mutiny through these various media created affective auras around sites and spaces associated with 1857 that have endured into postcolonial India’s recollection of the event.