17 April 2008

Open Air Billiards

Islamabad, Pakistan: Pakistani boys play billiards in the
Christian neighbourhood of Khashi Kaluni.
Photograph © Emilio Morenatti/AP
(The Guardian ~ 16 April 08)

I came across this photo yesterday and it reminded me of this one I had posted on a long while ago. Here too we are prompted to question too common, politically inflected, conceptions of cultural 'authenticity,' conceptions I think are incoherent.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not sure that 'cultural authenticity' is anything more than a phrase that sounds good (to some), but as regards the playing of billiards in the subcontinent, this photo is about as authentic or credible as you can get. By this I mean that like cricket, the Brits brought billiards over and you find scenes like thsi everywhere -- on rooftops, in back alleys, inside homes.

17 April, 2008 16:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outdoor billiard games are all over Western China as well. You can come into town and find multiple tables set up on the sidewalk.

In remote towns in the Taklamakan Desert you can rent a table, just as in this image and the Tibetan image that you link to. What is not culturally authentic? Outdoor billiards is a popular game. If it rains, tarps are thrown over the tables.

17 April, 2008 19:41  

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