Tarla Patel

Get to know SqW:Lab 2021 fellow – today we speak to artist  Tarla Patel

Projections of the Past onto Bodies of the Present

Where can you be found?

UK, Coventry and online

Tell us about a creative action you have taken this week.

I have connected with a young person in Canada, to help with my father’s archive photography. She has shared an extraordinary set of family images taken by father, and I will be interviewing three generations of women from this family to find out the stories they remember and what it means to them now.

What does ‘home’ mean to you? 

Home, is a place where your heart feels most comfortable, and eases the pain of loss and the fire of interaction.

What was the last thing you drew?

self portrait, with my left hand with a biro (right handed)

Tell us about 2 of your most subtle influences.

My parents, with growing up above a photography studio, learning and watching them interact with people and developing my love of photography and film. One quote from my A-Level teachers in Art – don’t read E.H Gombrich’s book The Story of art, it’s sexist. It made me thing about women in art and also how western art dominates everyone’s perception of good art.

Please share your thoughts / a few words about your expectations of the project. 

I hope to be an integral part of the fellowship, connecting with other artist on an international level, sharing ideas and seeing how they develop. I look forward to sharing my work in Mumbai and getting to know the artist from this city. Mumbai is a place I flitted through from a visit to relatives in the Gujarat as a child, to a taste of the international arts scene in 2017. This project will give me a better understanding on working with an international organisation to create and deliver work. Learning how to communicate my intentions and showcasing work to a new audience. I see the similarities in the aims of Show Windows, with the regeneration and interest of what is happening in Coventry’s City of Culture. Inspiring people to revisit at their hometown and the culture within it. I am looking forward to making people think about the art they see and the connection between two cities and its people. My work will show case South Asian people that predominately moved from India to the UK from the Masterji photography archive.

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