Hetal Chudasama is an Indian artist who lives and works in Sevenoaks, Kent. Her practice is directed towards studying environments in which racialised human consciousness is set up conflict and resolution.
This consciousness may be a cultural, political or spiritual phenomenon or even a very crude, animal-like awareness of being a predator and pray at the same time. Hetal’s primary reference points remain rooted in creatively responding to the current socio-political conflicts of Indian society.
The finished works, however, often move beyond the limitations of a particular region or its domestic peculiarities in order to address wider existential questions that affect the human psyche. Hetal creates interactive environments which consist of formal terms of installations, texts, sound elements, moving images and performative actions.
She transforms the spaces she creatively inhabits into something like a synesthetic diary where experiences are recorded in many forms and in no particular order.
“It is a great privilege to have been chosen as a Bursary recipient for 2020-2021. The privilege is even more marked given the horrors artists must now navigate in the context of coronavirus. “Where do we go from here” is the central haunting question faced by so many people around the world. Suddenly, all plans are precarious or destroyed, Nationalisms assert themselves with sudden force, and we are left with a new set of rules, a new list of urgencies. As I now reflect upon my plans for work over the duration of the Bursary, I have decided to continue my original research plans which highlight the role of minority communities (and those of the Indian Diaspora in particular) in shaping the social and racial conscious of Great Britain. It is inevitable that the impact of COVID-19 will play its role in my future undertaking. I shall approach this new traumatic zone as an opportunity for further creative exploration and study. During the period of the Bursary, I will be focusing on the impact of the pandemic on minority communities and those living within racialised margins in, and around, England.”Hetal Chudasama