HEART BY MISTAKE: An IndoAnglian / AngloIndian Conversation
Private view: Monday 2nd October 6 - 8pm
Open: 3rd - Sunday 29th October 10.00 - 22.00
Venue: The India Club, 1st floor lounge, Hotel Strand Continental, 143 Strand, London WC2 R1JA
Stephanie in the fields of Norfolk, birdsong, the occasional tractor, church bells. Roshan in the racket of Baroda, sleeping late, avoiding an arranged marriage. Stephanie’s studio looks over a field one side, a scrapyard the other. Roshan’s is full of people at all hours of day and night. Stephanie likes history and Roshan likes modern life. A hundred years ago, in what circumstance they have met?
‘Heart by Mistake’ conveys the Instagram chats of the two artists, exchanging ideas, photos, jokes and drawings over a period of months. Stephanie began the conversation wanting to find out about modern Indians feel about their past and current relationship with Britain, but now knows more about party life in Baroda. Roshan has had to watch Stephanie’s father making a catapult, and look at pictures of her failed cakes. As artists they share a love of drawing people at their daily doings, a fascination with the colour black, and a mutual curiosity about each others’ cultures which is expressed in this compact installation
The installation ‘Heart by Mistake’ ( a recurring typo) charts some of these visual perambulations with paintings, sketches, diagrams and altered archive photos of the British Raj.
‘The India Club was originally established by Krishna Menon, India’s first High Commissioner to the UK, and founding members including Nehru and Lady Mountbatten; the building was a hub for political activity. It was here that meetings about the newly independent India took place, and was also a home away from home/an oasis for Indian expatriates and diplomats from the nearby High Commission. With its rich history and faded colonial atmosphere, the India Club has become something of an institution.’ (Taken from its website)