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Where is Home?

Tue 31 May 2022

Where is Home? exhibition explores the unique journey and experience of South Asian migrants to the UK, marking 75th anniversary of Indian partition and 50th anniversary of expulsion from Uganda

  • Exhibition explores the experience of South Asian migration to the UK, with film and personal objects plus digital timeline
  • Where is Home? events to take place in Leicester, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Manchester and London
  • South Asian communities in each host city will feature, plus contributions from artists and curators Alnoor Mitha, Amani Mitha, Jai Chuhan, Jasmir Creed, Saima Rasheed and John Lyons
  • Birmingham and Wolverhampton exhibitions presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival

A major touring exhibition will tell the story of South Asian migration to the UK, marking 75th anniversary of Indian partition and 50th anniversary of expulsion from Uganda. These globally significant events have shaped modern Britain. Where is Home? looks first hand at those directly affected by these seismic cultural shifts, and explores their origins.

Where is Home? opens at MAC as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Where is Home? consists of a newly commissioned film that examines the experience of South Asian communities who settled in the UK, and in turn discusses how South Asian communities have shaped the country. It includes contributions from notable artists and curators Alnoor Mitha, Amani Mitha, Jai Chuhan, Jasmir Creed, Saima Rasheed and John Lyons, all of whom feature the themes of migration and belonging in their work.

Local community groups have also been contributors to the project, with first- and second-generation South Asian and British Asian people discussing what ‘home’ means to them, in the context of post-imperial Britain.

Personal objects donated to the project will feature in the exhibition, including a passport, prayer mat and rosary beads. Each item has been chosen to be something instantly recognisable to a South Asian visitor.

Where is Home? also includes a host of additional events, including live performances from Sampad Arts in Birmingham, a Q&A with author Neema Shah in Wolverhampton and a day of festivities in London.

Where is Home? is curated by Alnoor Mitha, Senior Research Fellow at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Alnoor comments, “Where is home? For many Asian communities, this is a simple question with a complicated answer. I was born in Uganda but have made my home here in the UK; my children were born and have always lived here but still face racism from those who do not see them as British. Through this exhibition we examine the idea of home, asking what it really means. We bring in the complex history of Britain and the South Asian diaspora, and hear the voices of artists and everyday South Asian people.”

In addition to the exhibition, a first-of-its-kind interactive online resource is available for people to learn more about the history of South Asian migration to the UK. Developed by Dr Vimal Patel, Senior Researcher and Lecturer in History at De Montfort University, the resource tells the story of global migration, from the abolishment of slavery and start of indentured South Asian labourers in the 1830s, through the major twentieth century milestones to the present day.

Where is Home? is produced by Inspirate, a Leicester-based arts organisation that has produced culturally dynamic arts experiences for over 500,000 across the UK.

Jiten Anand, Director of Inspirate, comments, “Our exhibition marks two major turning points in global history: the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan, and the expulsion of South Asians from Uganda in 1972. Both events caused thousands of people to settle in the UK, notably in Leicester, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Manchester and London – the cities in which we present Where is Home? We are seeking to unpick the impact of this migration, both on the people involved, the communities into which they settled, and on their children and grandchildren.”

Where is Home? is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Leicester City Council and supported by Manchester Metropolitan University.


Where is Home? details:

www.where-is-home.org (website launches July 2022)

www.indiansummer.org.uk

Entry is free

Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham - 19 - 22 August 2022