Between Three Worlds
'From Kampala to Leicester: The Story of Leicester's Ugandan Asian Community 1972 - 2012' was a temporary exhibition on display at New Walk Museum over the summer of 2012. The permanent display of this exhibition is currently being shown at Newarke Houses Museum.
The temporary exhibition was supported by an immersive artwork produced specifically for this project, below is the supporting text for that artwork.
This textile installation draws inspiration from Leicester and celebrates the meeting of the cultural values of Britain, South Asia and East Africa.
The use of textiles celebrates the strong textile craft heritage of these three cultures as well as Leicester’s links to the hosiery and related industries.
We worked with lead artist Ashok Mistry, artists Dipak Joshi, Khush Nubian and Kajal Patel and community groups across the city to create individual textile artworks. The artists worked together to create this immersive sculptural installation, made of three main tent-like structures and a textile map, constructed from a range of fabric techniques and crafts.
Each artist worked with a community group to develop an individual textile artwork and to create the objects displayed around the structure. During the workshops, the groups were able to showcase their existing textile and craft skills and to learn new skills. We worked with the Sew ‘n’ So’s at Braunstone, a group based in North Evington and communities in Belgrave.
The lead artist Ashok Mistry also created kaleidoscope digital images from photographs taken across Leicester. These have been printed onto fabric and form part of the installation.
The structures create an immersive environment that brings the viewer closer to the artists’ and communities’ interpretation of memory, exodus, sanctuary and cultural hybridisation.