Trends to Watch in 2021: Craft Figuration
What is history and what is myth? In former colonies, where the accounts of exploited laborers are often sparse and entire cultures were mined for profit, the boundaries can be unclear. Suchitra Mattai questions colonial histories and traverses personal memory through her mixed-media installations and suspended works. She often incorporates the bold patterns and colors of vintage saris, along with other objects of cultural significance. Born in Guyana, a former British colony that became home to a vast number of Indo-Caribbean laborers, she reflects on her own heritage and the larger South Asian diaspora.