MFA Candidate Anisha Baid wrote the essay for the new photo book “Good Morning,” published by independent press JOJO Books.
India’s smart technology revolution enabled the family WhatsApp group, a medium for daily digital connection across generations. It birthed a unique cultural phenomenon – the good morning forward, a feel-good visual image meant to affirm, uplift and convey positivity. “Good Morning” offers the now ubiquitous forward as a site of protest during a time of political distress and upheaval, as a space for citizens and artists to reclaim their voice. The book looks at a selection of images as they move from a restored archive of an Instagram account, compressed and decomposing in digital storage, to its recovery in printed form.