Sudden Beams – Homing In

Mar-Apr 21 • Online programme

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Rajinder Singh, Border Tours, 2020. Photo by Ros Kavanagh. Courtesy of the artist & TULCA Festival of Visual Arts.

Homing In is a series of digital commissions which consider international, contemporary and historic experiences of confinement and ‘sheltering in place’. A collaboration between two curators based in London and Kuala Lumpur, Homing In examines the phenomena emerging worldwide during the lockdowns of the Coronavirus pandemic. This entire project is conceptualised, realised and presented via remote-working and, reflecting the surge in social media usage in the past year, is presented on Instagram @_homing_In.

Today, we move and communicate across borders like never before. However, this intentionally positive progress has come to threaten the global population, and mid-pandemic we find our lives upended all at once. While we are ‘locked down’ in simultaneity, individual experiences have varied from mild inconvenience to dire circumstance: some are secluded at home, while others are stranded with no way to return. Times of anxious solitude amplify our need to communicate, and often create new habits and behaviours. For Homing In, five artists harness and creatively examine technology as a tool for connection and comfort in times of isolation.

Artists in this programme include: Suleman Faisal, Fatima Khademi, Rajinder Singh, Himali Singh Soin and Shanzay Subzwari.

Homing In has been commissioned by Platform Asia for the Sudden Beams programme.
Supported by Arts Council England.

Commission Programme

Fatima Khademi mixes new media and object-based practices, via a two week live-streamed durational performance in Quetta, the Pakistani city where the Hazara community to which she belongs have taken refuge. Click here for details

A performance by Himali Singh Soin traces the development of long-distance communication, and a telegram glitch which influences contemporary communication. Click here for details.

Shanzay Subzwari presents an audio-visual collage expressing the sense of living between cultures, with sourced sounds examining the pandemic responses taken by the UK and Pakistan. Click here for details.

Suleman Faisal has produced a documentary work exploring micro-aggressions in the kitchen, and hierarchies in hosting and guesting. Click here for details.

A performance by Rajinder Singh will encourage audiences to inhabit their homes differently, drawing from his ongoing project Exercises in Spatial Justice which highlights the deprivation of personal space in Ireland’s immigration detention centres. (Available from 15 April)

 

Homing in is curated by Chloe Hodge and Zena Khan for Platform Asia.

If you have any question about the programme or any enquiry about us, please contact info@platformasia.org.uk


About the Curators

Chloe Hodge and Zena Khan met at the Royal College of Art in 2015, their international projects stimulate emerging art ecologies through research, commissioning and exhibitions.

Chloe specialises in participatory and digital practices, and has developed artist commissions for Biennale of Sydney, Taipei Biennial, Folkestone Triennial and UP Projects. Chloe was recently Head of Exhibitions for YBA Marc Quinn and writes for V-A-C Museum and the Centre for Experimental Museology.

Zena specialises in supporting emerging art ecologies, with a keen interest in writing as a form of documentation and display. Curator for The AFK Collection, Zena has guest edited Bazaar Art and has produced projects for Venice Biennale, Delfina Foundation and Battersea Power Station.

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