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BEHIND THE FRONT DESK AN EXPLORATION OF IDENTITY IN *PARDON MY HINDI’S THE ARCH MOTEL PROJECT

WANDER OFF ANY AMERICAN FREEWAY EXIT in search of a place

to rest your weary head, and there’s at least a 50-percent chance your choice establishment will be owned by Indian Americans, an even greater likelihood that your hoteliers come from the state of Gujarat, and an almost certainty that they’ll hail from the same small farming community. For artist *Pardon My Hindi, these aren’t just statistics— it’s his own story, one he’s been exploring since 2006 in an ongoing multimedia series titled The Arch Motel Project. BY SHAWNTÉ SALABERT

Above: Motel ’74 / Mix Media Collage / 8.25 x 6.75 x 0.5 in. Part of The Arch Motel Project by *Pardon My Hindi Photographer: Mark Hewko / Art Direction: *Pardon My Hindi Right, both images: Part of The Arch Motel Project by *Pardon My Hindi 12

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PICTURE PROFESSIONALS

The PICTURE PROFESSIONAL, Winter 2015  

Photography portfolios: Cut Food by Beth Galton (cover), Shawnté Salabert's *Pardon My Hindi, and Mae Ryan's Queen Mary; How We Decide What...

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