The Delhi-based curator Latika Gupta explored the archives of the British Council Collection and curated an exhibition of contemporary British art around the idea of home and the questions of identity that flow from it. The collection holds works that document the changing landscapes, economic deprivation, social isolation as well as the vibrant complexity of Britain’s working and immigrant classes. The exhibition reflects the Collection’s expanse; from early works by senior artists such as David Hockney, mid-career artists such as Cornelia Parker and Mona Hatoum and young photographers such as Suki Dhanda.
The Homelands catalogue holds the work of 28 diverse artists as well as poets and writers. The design concept represents a British collection in India without invoking British or Indian national popular cultures. It also balances the visual and the literary content to achieve something between an exhibition and an academic publication.