Changing faces: Hari Kunzru

8th February 2016

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Novelist Hari Kunzru (English, 1988) is the new face in Wadham’s Okinaga Room following the unveiling of his portrait.

  • Novelist Hari Kunzru (English, 1988)

    Novelist Hari Kunzru (English, 1988)

One of a series of newly commissioned photographic portraits, which are going up around College, the sitters have been chosen following nominations from staff, students and alumni, as inspirational members of the Wadham community.

Born in London, Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007) and Gods Without Men (2011) as well as a short story collection, Noise (2006) and a novella, Memory Palace (2013). His forthcoming novel, White Tears will be published in 2017. In 2003 Granta named him one of its twenty best young British novelists. His short stories and essays have appeared in diverse publications including The New York Times, New Yorker, Guardian, London Review of Books, Granta, Book Forum and Frieze. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library and a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. He lives in New York City.

Warden Ken Macdonald QC is spearheading this project to showcase a more balanced selection of images of Wadham’s alumni and fellows: “I wanted to address the predominance in Hall and around College of portraits of white men. The Wadham community is a diverse and inclusive one and, until now, this has not been reflected by the portraits which adorn its walls. Over the coming months we hope to go some way to provide our students with inspirational images which reflect today’s Wadham community.”

Photographer Sophia Spring was commissioned to capture this image, one of nine which will be featured individually on the website over the coming weeks.

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