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In search of identities

The exhibition tour will commence from January next year, going till July, covering New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Talking about the concept of Homelands, Latika Gupta, curator of the exhibition says, “Homelands attempts to...

art and culture Updated: Dec 21, 2012 02:55 IST
Sahil Magoo

With more than 80 works on display by 28 artists from the British Council collection, Homelands, an art exhibition, is ready to tour four cities of India.

The exhibition tour will commence from January next year, going till July, covering New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Talking about the concept of Homelands, Latika Gupta, curator of the exhibition says, “Homelands attempts to understand the processes with which we construct our identities. It questions where we come from and where we belong to, and where we hope to return one day. It is difficult to pin our identity to one place, language, religion and tradition.”

Few works that are on display in this exhibition are by artists Angus Boulton, Susan Hiller, Zineb Sedira and Mona Hatoum.

Boulton will be showcasing three photographs titled, Untitled. He portrays the human environment unpopulated by those for whom it was created.

“The Homeless series was initially intended to draw attention to the plight of the homeless in the UK, specifically London, yet homelessness is truly a global problem,” says Boulton.

Hiller’s The Last Silent Movie centers on the role that languages play in granting nations, communities and individuals their unique identity. It focuses on the fact that with English being the most widely used language in the world, many local languages face extinction.

Sedira will be showcasing a three channel video, titled, Mother Tongue, which investigates issues of representation, family, language, memory and landscape.