Artist and film maker (b. Southall, West London), currently living and working in London.
My interests as an artist are broad and interdisciplinary but I tend to draw on auto-ethnographic methodologies for exploring the relationship between race and imagination. Much of my practice engages with the tensions between memory, storytelling and trauma, particularly in relation to events that, despite occurring before a person's lifetime, have left a significant imprint or consequence on both the lives of their own and subsequent generations. 'Trans-generational' trauma and epigenetics are discourses I'm interested in to help explore the ways in which 'trauma' could be 'passed down' through generations as well as the ways in which trauma can be experienced 'inter-generationally'. These interests have led to a practice that is socially engaged and focussed on first and second generation South Asian experience in the UK; research and community engagement is shaped predominantly through a critical relationship with theories and approaches in the fields of oral histories and memory studies. A critical engagement with the notion of 'decolonisation' also underlies much of my work. For me, the decolonisation process is one which begins with an intimate and reflexive connection with our own subjective lived experience alongside a heightened awareness and engagement with the range of contexts in which forms of cultural hybridity and colonialist ideologies continue to adopt new forms. Recent practice has engaged with experimental essay film making and 'subjective cinema' inspired by 'DIY' or 'imperfect' approaches to filmmaking.
I am currently a researcher, workshop co-ordinator and facilitator for a project titled 'Imagining India' - a history and arts project funded by AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and UAL (University of the Arts, London) focused on 'first-generation' Indian communities in the UK. Local community workshops began in February 2020 in Southall, West London, with the aim of giving participants the opportunity to reflect, share memories, explore life experiences and consider how their relationship to India might have changed over the years. How is India 'imagined' now? These reflections are being explored through visual art, creative writing, performance, music, food and film. The project is very much led by participants and so we are open as to what the potential outcomes might be.
Our project partners include Southall Community Alliance, TrAIN (The Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation), Tara Arts and The Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication (University of Hyderabad), India.
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