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Guyana

In focus: weaving conflicting narratives with Suchitra Mattai

Suchitra Mattai is a multi-disciplinary artist of Indian and Caribbean descent. Her experiences living in several countries and cultural contexts have greatly shaped her artistic practice. Mattai is interested in how memory allows us to unravel and re-imagine historical narratives. Using both her own family’s ocean migrations and research on the period of colonial indentured labor during the 19th Century particularly in Guyana, she seeks to expand our sense of “history.”

Mattai focuses on women by employing practices and materials associated with the domestic sphere such as embroidery and weaving. Her intricate and multi textural installations are an ode to the reconciliation of her Indo-Caribbean heritage.

Sugar Water, 2018, video, vintage furniture, embroidery floss, dimensions variable

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