University of Leicester. November 2016 – January 2017
Kajal Nisha Patel is Leverhulme Artist in Residence in the department of Sociology at the University of Leicester. As part of her project, she has been developing research and artwork on British South Asian women’s working and domestic lives. Her project focuses on women who arrived from the Indian subcontinent during the late 1960s/70s and have spent the majority of their working lives in Britain.
As part of her residency, Kajal has worked with more than 100 individuals and with numerous different community groups. The purpose of this social engagement was for members of the community to contribute towards the production of a collaborative artwork, to be exhibited at the University of Leicester. This intergenerational, cross-cultural project transcends boundaries of language, age, race, faith and gender. The resulting work reflects unique identities as they move collectively towards a common goal. The installation symbolises the integrity of manual labour and the working class struggle towards freedom.
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Workshops facilitated by Hema Parmar. Groups: Adhar Project, City of Sanctuary, Highfields Community Centre, Jamila’s Legacy, Media & Communication Dept; UoL. Other Contributers: Divya Ghelani, Dr. David Bartram, Sunil Shah, Sam West, George Ballentyne.
November 16, 2016