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Artist Talk: Alnoor Mitha (Intimate Journeys)

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Accompanying our summer 2017 exhibition Recollection: Memory & Time, artist and curator Alnoor Mitha presents a discussion around his new work Intimate Journeys, and the family and cultural memories it records.

Intimate Journeys comprises collected photos capturing moments in the life of generations of Alnoor’s family as they relocated from India to Uganda in the 1930s, then on to the UK after dictator Idi Amin’s mass-expulsion of Ugandan Asians in 1972. Paired with this piece is Thirteen Journeys, featuring candid photos of his daughter, lovingly sewn by her mother into the silk, satin and velvet coverings of traditional Indian dowry cases. These works speak of family and communal memories: personal and domestic; societal and cross-continental. They ask what role shared memory plays in forging culture and identity, where the personal meets the political, and where authorship lies in our works, and our stories.

Alnoor's free public talk at The Portico Library is open to all, and will revisit his personal story in the context of more recent migrations that have captured our imaginations and influenced our lives. Places limited, so book online or at the library to avoid disappointment. All welcome.

Alnoor Mitha is a Senior Research Fellow in Asian Cultures at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Research Centre leader for Asian Cultures. He is an honorary Fellow at Winchester School of Art at Southampton University and a trustee for Cubitt Artists.

Alnoor has over 20 years experience working in Britain and internationally, as artist, curator, writer, and producer. He is cultural and artistic policy advisor to numerous arts organisations including the British Council and international Biennial Foundation. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Asia Triennial Manchester, (2008 – present), previously artistic director of ‘Shisha’ the international agency for contemporary South Asian crafts and visual arts (2002 -2011). Lead curator of Colombo Art Biennial 2016 and a major solo exhibition of Anish Kapoor in Norway in 2018. In 2017 he curated Imagined Homeland at Home, a symposium reflecting on 70 years since the partition of India and Pakistan.

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