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A PLACE CALLED HOME (article first published : 2004-07-25)

During the successful A Place Called Home : A contemporary art exhibition with artists from the South Asian diaspora curated by Zayd Minty at the NSA Gallery, there was a launch of the exhibition catalogue.

The catalogue contains lush images of the works and essays by the curator, Pratap Rughani (a cultural commentator from the UK), and the Wits based arts historian, Nasan Pather. It provides insights into the art and explains the framework and context behind the project. "Each piece of art has a story and there is a thread running throughout the exhibition which people can read about in the catalogue," says Zayd Minty, an ex-Durbanite who is currently deputy director of the District Six Museum in Cape Town and a long time cultural producer in that city.

Containing contemporary art by artists from the South Asian/Indian diaspora, including work by four South Africans and seven others from the Caribbean, North America, and Europe, the exhibition contained photographs, prints, video, animation and web projects to weave a complex narrative about individual identity in the globe, and the results of migrant experiences and colonialism on individuals and communities. The exhibition was well received in Durban and received a steady stream of art enthusiasts a large percentage of which were of Indian descent.

The exhibition will be shown at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town in September.

The project was supported by a number of partners including the British Council (as part of its D+10 programme, celebrating ten years of South African democracy), The National Arts Council, The Arts and Culture Trust of the President and the NSA Gallery through a the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the Bartel Arts Trust.

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