Interview by Eva Coutts
What is your graduation project about?
After researching through reading, documentaries and hearing personal experiences about how Britain applied their European Power through colonisation, leading to much of the destruction India faced, I knew I wanted my project to be based on my culture and heritage.
Many Indians immigrated to Britain in the 1950s to seek opportunities for a better life. They were known as the ‘three pound generation’, such as my maternal grandparents. My project explores the cruel racism generations of Indian immigrants, and subsequently British Indians, have endured due to the colour of our skin. My concept aims to argue against the ignorant, racially motivated remark; “go back to where you came from” with “you only built a piece of this place...the rest was us.”
I want my project to clearly and proudly voice that we deserve a seat at the table and we deserve to be recognised. I want to use this collection as a tool to educate people and celebrate the beauty and intelligence of South-Asian people through illustrated prints and silhouettes.
It is important to me that my illustration prints were created to state that South-Asian women are intelligent, powerful, dominant and in charge of their sexuality.
I am speaking up for and celebrating South-Asian women like my grandmother, my mother and myself. It is about time ethnic minorities are represented and heard.