Cutting to the heart of 21st century cultural relations, 'Homelands' was the British Council’s flagship arts project of 2013 in association with Outset India.
Homelands grappled with the relationship between self and place in a world of transitory identities and contested geographies. Culled from the art collection of the British Council, the exhibition was a unique take on contemporary British art by the Indian curator, Latika Gupta. Including more than 80 works by 28 leading modern and contemporary artists, Homelands excavated the idea of a ‘homeland’ to reveal a rich plurality of meaning; ideas of belonging, alienation, history and memory.
Homelands rolled out a multi-layered programme that included public exhibitions in four major cities (New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru), artist talks, seminars, curator-led walks, outreach activities and workshops.
Artworks by Angus Boulton, Fabien Cappello, Lisa Cheung, Nathan Coley, Jeremy Deller, Suki Dhanda, Jimmie Durham, Paul Graham, Graham Gussin, Mona Hatoum, Anthony Haughey, Tim Hetherington, Susan Hiller, David Hockney, Anthony Lam, Langlands & Bell, Richard Long, Rachel Lowe, Haroon Mirza, Raymond Moore, Cornelia Parker, Martin Parr, Grayson Perry, Zineb Sedira, George Shaw, David Shrigley, Bob and Roberta Smith and Gillian Wearing were on display at Homelands.
Four of the showcased artists were invited to visit the exhibition in India, including Mona Hatoum, Anthony Haughey, Zineb Sedira and Suki Dhanda. During their stay, the artists engaged with audiences, gave public talks and conducted workshops.