This exhibition brings together the work of 6 young people in Bengaluru and 7 in Glasgow, exploring shared histories, memories and identities between South Asia and the UK. Documenting practices and stories – personal, familial and collective – the exhibition invites you to embark on a visual journey that reflects on what kinds of legacies we inherit, both culturally rich and socially divisive; what traces remain as the lives of multiple generations unfold; as well as, what we choose to embrace and what we leave behind.

This exhibition is the outcome of an international collaboration between MAP, Kanike, Glasgow Life Museums, and Street Level Photoworks as part of the British Council’s Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) programme. In a project that ran from March to September 2023, participants in both cities went through a series of training activities and discussions, including online talks and in-person photography workshops, and were guided to the production of their own exhibition by artist collaborators Vivek Muthuramalingam, Krishanu Chatterjee and Snigdha Rana (in Bangalore), alongside Arpita Shah and Morwenna Kearsley (in Glasgow, UK).

The works in this exhibition include a diversity of approaches from portraiture and staged photography to documentary, in order to interrogate how identities are constructed and reconstructed, perceived and imagined, contested and embraced. They explore themes of family and cultural history, migration, place, class, gender identity, conventions of social life and notions of community – unpeeling the many layers of identity, customs, beliefs and values we inherit.

The participants in Bengaluru are: Nidhi Bhandari, Aryan Gulati, Ganesh B V, Sacheth N, Tanvi Mallapur, Pragyna Divakar. In Glasgow are: Chrislyn Naysha Pereira, Amina Bashir, Zainab Ashraf, Zianib Nisa Ahmad, Roshni Advani, Malini Chakrabarty, Zain Saleem.

Inheritance will be on view at Kanike and MAP from September 22, 2023 – October 22, 2023.

Its sister exhibition is currently on view in Glasgow until 13th October.


To learn more about the OSCH programme, click here.

Aryan Gulati, courtesy of Juliet Dean, British Council

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