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Are You Sure?

This collage explores legitimacy, uncertainty, and be/longing and is inspired by the 1434 Arnolfini Portrait by Van Eyck (below). Referring to the Anglo-Indian community’s often hidden origins, Kathleen Cassity describes “the extent to which [ it] is originally of “legitimate” … Read More

8 Annas: Sins

This 8 Annas image uses a silver band to create a halo effect which proclaims the aunties’ heroic status. The word “”sins” references the “Lady from Starkey” limerick, which contains an offensive “joke”, featured in John Masters’ 1954 novel about … Read More

8 Annas Monoprint

A favourite photograph, captured in 1953, shows eight friends of my mother and it’s a continual source of inspiration. Working with this image has belatedly given me some time at the kitchen table with my aunties, who have been missed. … Read More

8 Annas Black

A favourite photograph, captured in 1953, shows eight friends of my mother and it’s a continual source of inspiration. Working with this image has belatedly given me some time at the kitchen table with my aunties, who have been missed. … Read More

It’s Always But What About the Railways

It’s Always But What about the Railways features Michael Portillo, presenter of the popular BBC series: “Great Indian Railway Journeys”. In the series he guides the viewer with the aid of his trusted “1913 Bradshaw’s Handbook of Indian, Foreign and Colonial … Read More

Why Not Double?

This work ‘Why Not Double? ‘ Is my response to mixed-race people being described as ‘half’ using a mass-produced figurine to stand for mass-produced ideas about race. To quote @salenagodden: ‘But hang on a minute. Surely if I am from two … Read More

What’s Wrong with Using a Little Lipstick?

What’s Wrong with Using a Little Lipstick? is inspired by the true story of Diana Hayden, an Anglo-Indian beauty queen who became Miss India in 1997 and Satyajit Ray’s 1962 film drama, Mahanagar.                   Hayden’s victory sparked a public row … Read More

PishPash

        “I would have to immerse myself in the weird world of European racism…and wasn’t sure I would be able to stomach it.” – Andrea Levy, 2010 (on research for The Long Song) Pish-Pash evolved in response … Read More