Homelands: Raising Questions of Identity

Sneha Sikand of Saffronart on an upcoming travelling exhibition of Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection

HomelandsImage credit: www.britishcouncil.in

Image credit: British Council

New Delhi: On view from 22 January at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is a collection of eighty works by twenty eight leading modern and contemporary artists from Britain. The works are from the art collection of the British Council and the show has been curated by  Latika Gupta. With a growing number of people moving away from their roots and places of origin, ‘homeland’ is a widely discussed concept. In this exhibit Gupta tries to raise questions about “what constitutes a homeland”.

“Is it ethnicity, language, religion, customs and beliefs. Are homelands those in which our ancestors were born? What of outsiders who live and make other lands their homes? Where do we really belong? Where is it that we hope to one day return?” Gupta asks.

Image Credit: British Council

Image Credit: British Council

The exhibition will travel across four Indian cities – New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai. Four of the showcased artists will be visiting the exhibition in India, including Mona Hatoum, Anthony Haughey, Zineb Sedira and Suki Dhanda. During their stay, the artists will engage with audiences, give public talks and conduct workshops.

Read more about the upcoming exhibit here.

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