Barbara Anello: Photographs of Southeast Asia and Morocco

Facades with horns, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja, Desa Palawa, Indonesia, Image: 2008. Image and original data provided by Barbara Anello

Artstor is collaborating with Barbara J. Anello to share approximately 190 photographs of graffiti and painted walls in New York City (l980s-1990s) and more than 100 images of Tibetan Buddhist art and architecture in Ladakh, India (1982). The Ladakh images were exhibited at the Overseas Press Club in New York City and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1982. These photographs join the 750 images by Anello of the architecture, arts, and culture of Southeast Asia and Morocco currently available in the Digital Library.

Artist and art historian Barbara J. Anello has lived and worked in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Morocco since 1985. Before leaving to Southeast Asia, she worked for several museums and galleries, including Castelli-Feigen-Corcoran, and the architectural firm Redroof Design. A Fulbright in Art History and documentary photography of vernacular architecture (2008) brought her back to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia after completing a MA in Art History (2006). Her paintings and photographs of Balinese dancers and musicians illustrate I Wayan Dibia and Rucina Ballinger'sBalinese Dance, Drama and Music (2005).

Anello's photography focuses on architecture, both historical and vernacular, and aspects of traditional art and culture. In Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia, Anello photographed the domestic architecture of rural areas and ethnic minorities, documenting how traditional building forms have been preserved or lost over time. She partnered in nominating sites to the World Monuments Watch 2012 and 2014 (Desa Lingga, Karo, Sumatra; Desa Peceran & Dokan, Sumatra, and Flores, Ngada villages). Her photographs include the royal complexes in Hué, Vietnam, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and ancient Cham and Khmer temple ruins, including Banteay Chhmar. In Morocco, where Anello lived (2006-2008), she photographed the traditional earthen architecture of Ait Ben Haddou, the ancient Roman ruins at Volubilis, and documented Imazighen (Berber) weavers in Ain Leuh, Itzer, Ben Smimm, and Azrou in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Anello is a contributor to a forthcoming Thames & Hudson book on world vernacular architecture.

Barbara J. Anello studied painting at Reed College and New York University, and received her M.A. in Art History (Documentary Photography) from Montclair State University (2006). She worked with the United States Peace Corps and the Ministère de l'Artisanat, Delegation de l'Artisanat de Meknes, Small Business Development Program in Ain Leuh, Morocco (2006-2008). In 2008, she was Senior Fulbright Scholar in the Southeast Asia Regional Research Program in Art History.