AA2A Artist

Tarla Patel

Year:
2022-23
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My name is Tarla Patel, I am a Contemporary Artist based in Coventry, I am also the custodian of my family’s photography archive, which has greatly influenced my direction of work. Memory, space, and identity primarily run through my arts practice, the stories of migration and how it connects through generations, how it shapes our sense of belonging in the world. I retell those stories through a multidisciplinary approach, using photography, film, audio and new technologies. My work is an exploration of ideas, my three areas of interest, will incorporate feminism, intersectionality, and politics. It will also give me the opportunity to come out of the Coventry City of Culture public and reconnect to another place, recharge and invigorate. I have secured a flexible artist residence at Artcore Derby this autumn and will also be exhibiting work. The residency will allow me to build on the two months research at Artcore to produce a body of work, on the Seeds to Home project, that looks at separation and belonging. My starting point for my work has always been visual, working with analogue photography from instant and photo film, due to limited resources I have sent work out to process. I am adept at using darkroom processing, I would like to strengthen my skills in this field, and I would also like to experiment in this medium. I do not shy away from the fact that darkroom resources in the Midlands are only a few places and costly. The opportunity for the AA2A will give me the freedom to work in a professional environment to produce high quality work. Being part of a university also gives me the opportunity of working alongside students and lecturers in a similar field, where I can also develop my work through shared knowledge.

My name is Tarla Patel, I am a Contemporary Artist based in Coventry, I am also the custodian of my family’s photography archive, which has greatly influenced my direction of work. Memory, space, and identity primarily run through my arts practice, the stories of migration and how it connects through generations, how it shapes our sense of belonging in the world. I retell those stories through a multidisciplinary approach, using photography, film, audio and new technologies. My work is an exploration of ideas, my three areas of interest, will incorporate feminism, intersectionality, and politics. It will also give me the opportunity to come out of the Coventry City of Culture public and reconnect to another place, recharge and invigorate. I have secured a flexible artist residence at Artcore Derby this autumn and will also be exhibiting work. The residency will allow me to build on the two months research at Artcore to produce a body of work, on the Seeds to Home project, that looks at separation and belonging. My starting point for my work has always been visual, working with analogue photography from instant and photo film, due to limited resources I have sent work out to process. I am adept at using darkroom processing, I would like to strengthen my skills in this field, and I would also like to experiment in this medium. I do not shy away from the fact that darkroom resources in the Midlands are only a few places and costly. The opportunity for the AA2A will give me the freedom to work in a professional environment to produce high quality work. Being part of a university also gives me the opportunity of working alongside students and lecturers in a similar field, where I can also develop my work through shared knowledge.

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