Once upon a sari 2015
Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, Australia
An installation featuring hair plaiting using old saris, drawn from the traditional hairstyles of Indian women, reflects concepts of cultural (also lost) identity, cultural genealogy and adornment.
Transformation of the saris into hair braids makes the identity of the particular object dysfunctional. These saris, consciously chosen as found, unknown, coming from no specific source, tell stories of loss, displacement, migration, memories and heritage.
As part of someone’s biography with cultural memories and feelings, the transcended personal saris share stories of the forgotten and lost women from the past with no particular memory, but resonating as a collective voice.