Mita Vaghela

MA Fine Art

Mita Vaghela

Mita’s project centres on a net that she built out of coconut coir while thinking about her social heritage, examining the construction of her identity and the value of the female in Hindu culture in order to discover a sense of belonging.

My work is research-led, encompassing sculpture, film, food, photography, performance and drawing.

The Net has been made following a period of research into colonial and post-colonial theories, cultural studies and diaspora discourse interwoven with personal and shared anecdotal recollections.

My practice centres on questioning my social heritage and the value of the female in Hindu culture. I have been unpacking my experience of growing up as a daughter of double diaspora to discover a sense of belonging and examine the construction of my identity. The repetitive process of making the net allowed me to reflect on my research to understand that as a British Indian woman; my identity is fluid, adaptable and built on a series of networks.

Migration. Seas. Oceans. Capture. Escape. Losses. Gains. Knots. Connections. Grid. Matrix. Nexus. Diaspora. Fluidity. Intersections. Community. Skin. Web. Internet. In-between-ness. Identity. Soul. Integration. Paths. Sameness. Otherness. Repetition. Production. Relationships. Durability. Self-supporting. Construction. Texture. Capitalism. Value. Endurance. Physical. Mental. Patience. Perseverance. Sustenance. Time.

These are the things I have been thinking about while making the net, my thoughts range from the banal to the existential. Making work which requires setting up an initial system of production, frees the mind to wander anywhere it wants to, and allows the material to behave in an innate manner. The material and I work together and independently, and as the net grows larger, the material is able to show me what it can perform and become. I make the work, and in turn, the work makes me.

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