Untitled – Photograph 1

Series nameFragments of Self Series

The ‘Fragments of Self Series’ consists of photographic compositions which examine the concept of identity. Photographic arrangements consisting of a doll and other objects such as photographs, jewellery and knives are immersed in water, with injections of red dye. In the first image of Samena Rana’s ‘Fragments of Self Series’, the doll is placed in water alongside a photograph of Samena Rana. This series explores the process of dealing with cultural differences and negotiating one’s own cultural identity.

Date of Creation / Publication1987-1988
CreatorRana, Samena
Associated Person/ Organisation
Collection and Reference NumberSamena Rana (GB 2661 SR)
Catalogue NumberSR/FW/FS/1
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 Fragments of Self Series was one of the earliest series Samena Rana composed. The technique of fragmenting images that became prevalent in her later compositions first appears in this series. The images are about negotiating one's own cultural identity within a new environment and were taken between 1987 and 1988.
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)