A solo exhibition by Remi Rana Allen - Practice based PhD student at Chelsea College of Arts.
“My practice mirrors the slow dilution of my cultural heritage as it seeps further from my grasp. ‘I think in English, I appear Indian’ becomes a mantra.” (Rana-Allen 2017)
My research investigates the construction of identity, specifically the British-Indian, identity. Motherhood, the British-Indian cultural identity and the suspension of personal identity are the three entwined ideas that together become the constant thread within the research.
Earlier research identified the dichotomy between lived experience and embodiment. My identity and that of my sons has evolved to formulate a hybrid of Asian/British identity. My practice questions my Asian heritage through British eyes. It is with this in mind that as an insider to the Asian culture I can interpret its coded behaviour relatable to all, both eastern and western.
My art describes the British-Asian female identity through biology (the external appearance of the Indian female as perceived by white society), construct (the influences on the upbringing of the female) and ideology (the lived experience and aspirations of the female). This is informed by the context of my personal life experiences as the British Indian woman (not bi-racial), who has an Indian body (biology) a western mind (construct), constantly reminded that I am not ‘white’ (ideology).
The perception of this ‘Indian body’ is explored through both practice and theory. I reveal through the journey of this practice-based PhD my personal experience of sexuality, femininity, womanhood, motherhood as artist and researcher, by embodying being Indian and British but never English.
- Private View 29 October 2019 6pm to 8pm.
- Artist Tour and Discussion 30 October 2019 at 2pm (launch of the new UAL Post-Grad Interest Group 'BLAME' (Brown Leaders and Makers Exist).
Remi is aiming for discourses on how BLAME plans to make the ‘brown feminist maker visible’.
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