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Through photography, sculpture, painting, performance and film, Homelands told stories of migration and resettlement in South Asia and beyond, as well as violent division and unexpected connections. The exhibition engaged with displacement and the transitory notion of home in a region marked by the repercussions of the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, and the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, as well as by contemporary migration. The artists explored intimate and political histories, often contesting borders, questioning common pasts and imagining new futures.
The exhibition included many new works and works being shown in the UK for the first time by Bani Abidi, Shilpa Gupta, Sohrab Hura, Yasmin Jahan Nupur, Seher Shah, Iftikhar Dadi and Elizabeth Dadi, Munem Wasif and Zarina, as well as a commission by Desmond Lazaro working with communities in North Cambridge and a performance by Nikhil Chopra on 3 December. There was a symposium exploring themes of the exhibition on 18 January.
Curated by Devika Singh with Amy Tobin and Grace Storey.
Hear Homelands artists Sohrab Hura, Desmond Lazaro, Seher Shah and Munem Wasif in conversation with exhibition curator, Devika Singh, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern.
On 3 December 2019 Nikhil Chopra performed Rouge, a durational live action drawing, between the galleries at Kettle’s Yard.
Listen to him in conversation with Catherine Wood, Senior Curator, International Art (Performance), Tate Modern, about Rouge and his wider practice.
Exploring themes raised in the exhibition, Homelands artists Bani Abidi, Iftikhar Dadi and Yasmin Jahan Nupur convened with researchers Sophie Ernst, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Zehra Jumabhoy, Alina Khakoo, Hammad Nasar and Nada Raza.
During the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, Kettle’s Yard asked artists to offer their ‘reflections from home’ through images, film and text. Two artists from Homelands offered their contributions to the series.
Read Sohrab Hura’s contribution here.
Read Seher Shah’s contribution here.
Featuring contributions by Homelands curator, Devika Singh, and each of the Homelands artists, alongside essays by Nancy Adajania and Homi K. Bhabha, this catalogue is a companion to the exhibition.
You can order it through our online shop.
Sohrab Hura, Snow
Exhibition suite of 27 photographs, 2014-ongoing, 24 x 24 in
Courtesy of Sohrab Hura / Experimenter
Desmond Lazaro, Buckingham Palace
Pigment paint on handmade sanganeer paper, from Cini Film series, 2015-16, 36 x 50 cm
Photo Credit: Anil Rane. Courtesy of Desmond Lazaro and Chemould Prescott Road
Munem Wasif, Spring Song
Archival Pigment Print, from a series of 16 works, 2019, 18 x 26 inch each
Courtesy of the Artist and Project 88
Seher Shah, Argument from Silence (broken limb)
Portfolio of 10 Polymer Photogravure on Velin Arches paper, published by the Glasgow Print Studio, 12 x 16.5 plate size, edition of 20, 2019
Photography in collaboration with Randhir Singh. Printed by Alistair Gow. Courtesy of the artist, Green Art Gallery and Nature Morte.
Installation shots from Homelands
Photographs by Stephen White
We are grateful to the following for their generous support:
Chandrika Baji Pathak
Chatterjee & Lal
Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor
Apelles Fund, King’s College
John and Jennifer Crompton
Simon and Midge Palley