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Dipesh Pandya

South East
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Born in Tanzania, my (im)migrant journey started at the age of three, taking me to England, France, America and India

My art practice draws from research and reflection on sensory and auto-ethnography, ethnopoetics, ritual, linguistics; and complexities in navigating contact zones as a Brown person to inform the critical questions raised across my work as an artist and activist

Using a range of alter egos I explore chronologies, cosmologies and ghosts embodied in the oral histories of diasporic identity and the safeguarding of living archives. Interested in memory creation and commemoration as acts of erasure and alternative spaces for archival practice; enabling simultaneous transference and creation of knowledge within collaborative spaces for human connection, resistance and hope

Music, sound and words are used throughout as mnemonic devices for excavating autobiographical and cultural memory; using conversation and public space as generative sites for research, performativity and dissemination through acts of dissent, protest and refusal

Cross-examining the creation, expression, preservation and suppression of cultural identities, the work merges personal, historical and contemporary material; engaging with processes of (un)learning in an attempt to find sanctuary from trauma and strength in resistance

My mother tongue is Gujarati, my other tongues are Hindi, French and English, currently living and working in Cliftonville, Margate, on the south east coast of England