Broken Mirrors – Photograph 5

Series nameKnives Series

In this image from the ‘Knives Series’, a knife appears to be cutting a photograph of Samena Rana and another photograph of a wheelchair in half. Both photographs are submersed in water.

Date of Creation / Publication1989 - 1991
CreatorRana, Samena
Associated Person/ Organisation
Collection and Reference NumberSamena Rana (GB 2661 SR)
Catalogue NumberSR/FW/KS/5
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable
Access to originalsThe originals are located at the Panchayat Archive, University of Westminster.
Series notesThe Knives Series juxtaposes various symbolic and cultural attributes that are associated with femininity such as shoes, jewellery and rich textiles, with sharp and bold imagery such as knives and glass. These pictures also highlight the coexistence of dangerous and sensual elements. The motif of the knife often disrupts the serenity of the composition and introduces an element of danger, a reminder of the point at which Samena Rana became disabled.
Collection notesThe Samena Rana collection includes material from her main bodies of photographic work: the 'Flow of Water Series', the 'Arrangement Series', the 'Disability Series' and other biographical material. The digitised items include mainly colour and black and white photographs.
Dorney, Camille, 'Tribute to Samena Rana' in Third Text. No 20. Autumn 1992 (pp114)