Screen print: Visually summarising characters from the novel from Saleem’s description of their physical and emotional ‘smell’.
Acetate prints: Layering my own photographs (spices and pomegranate images), mark making, Ketaki Sheth’s photography (Twinspotting: Patel Twins in Britain and India) and collaged images (An Ideal Boy: Charts from India) to give an overall sense of the novel.
Pots of spices were laid out on a shelf below the prints to create a more interactive space which required the viewer to pause and get close to the work.
Revealing Budapest: To create this book I have exclusively used my own photographs from a trip to Budapest in April 2014.
This work is an extension of my screen printed books exploring the authority of church and Communist era statues in Budapest.
Whilst in my screen printed work I played with the concept of reducing the imagery down to the least information possible, here I have used photography to engage the viewer in a dialogue about how the subtleties of the monuments also have an influence in how we read them.
I combined photographs I took at Heroes Square and Memento Park together into pairs then swapped the dominant image half way through the book. This is to reflect the shift in authority from church to state during the Communist take over of Hungary.
For the format of the book, I was inspired by the way which Budapest travel tickets are stamped. I have tried to make my piece to reflect that of the ticket books I accumulated during my trip. The shapes cut from the perforated sheets of paper or printed onto acetate and tracing paper is a reference to how your ticket is marked, torn or stamped in a variety of ways depending on what route you take in the city. For example: some of my tickets had three holes punched into them, some had a square of paper taken out of the sides whilst others had numbers printed onto one side to invalidate them.
"Simple Acts related activities for children and families, including storytelling and a toy making workshop. Simple Acts and Norwich University of the Arts have started a unique collaboration this year for Celebrating Sanctuary London. Working in partnership with graduating Illustration student Jess Nash, Simple Acts presents two playful workshop ideas that reflect both the importance of childhood, and explores how we might welcome refugees. ‘Welcome’ will be experienced through the act of play in these workshops, where families and children will be able to construct and decorate toys such as German penny toys and refugee camps inspired Recycled Toys, as a gift giving and gift making call to action."
So much fun to do, next one is at the V&A Museum of Childhood on Saturday 21st June, if you’re in London come have a look.