Displaced

The Vestibules, Bristol City Council Art residency with Synecdoche Art.

Within the context of displacement Soraya wanted to examine her own cultural displacement with that of her parents. With an Iranian and Pakistani heritage, adopted by an English couple her childhood experience in a small village in Somerset was a world away from her cultural heritage. Her appearance  and the fact her parents were themselves very different from the provincial surroundings they inhabited, compounded a feeling of not belonging, that she was living on the side lines of the world she inhabited.

On the passing of her parents, Soraya inherited many objects, primarily from her mother's family, who were colonialists living in India and the middle east. These objects were at first very difficult to engage with, there was have a deep sense of alienation from them, in that they belonged to her mother's heritage not hers. This in itself brought questions on Soraya personal identity and she began to explore and reconcile herself with the objects by engaging  with in her work.

First Instalation sequence
First Instalation sequence

drawing & objects

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Janus
Janus

Acrylic

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Janus
Janus

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Janus detail
Janus detail
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Blue Legs Red Hands
Blue Legs Red Hands

Acrylic

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Blue legs
Blue legs

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Blue legs Red Hands detail
Blue legs Red Hands detail
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Grounded
Grounded

Acylic

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Grounded
Grounded

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