Aarati Akkapeddi is an Indian-American cross-disciplinary artist interested in the poetics and politics of datasets. Their work explores how identities and histories are shaped by different methods of collecting, preserving and presenting data. They combine code, machine learning and analogue techniques (printmaking) to navigate these themes, and they often use family photographs and archival images as source material. They use algorithms designed for applications such as facial recognition with these images, creating performative rituals of information extraction. In working with family photographs, they contemplate the idea of intergenerational memory, loss and identity. Akkapeddi is currently based in New York.
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