Thanks Eline

Thanks Eline for the post,  I think the work is really funny and thought provoking as well. It is so easy to live with misconceptions, with belief systems passed on to us by the media or past history. A simple example is that when I return back home, people associate me with what they knew of me in college in India, which is about 11 years back, I am not the same person, but it takes an effort to see and understand that this person in front of u is not the same person whom u may have known. We tend to typecast people, cultures because it is easy, why make an effort.  When one is within a system or ones own known systems these attitudes do not become obvious, but when one leaves ones place of origin one starts observing things that one did not see before. When one talks about India, one wants to see Bindis ( dots put on the forehead), one wants to see henna, one wants to see pathos, one wants to see the poor, the beggars, the colour red, yoga, spirituality, bollywood, violence- non-violence- Gandhi…… they are the given knowns, easy to identify and hence Indian. Outside all of that nothing is Indian, one see’s this being done repeatedly within the media, within art exhibitions, within the general perceptions of people, in newspapers… and i want to address this fact through London Lagna. Many cultural practises being shown here may or not necessarily portray the India now, also many of these practises make sense within the context they are in within their own country, and the many cultural practise when placed outside their origin become mere nonsense.

Cheers,

Bindu

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