Representation and Remembrance
Indian Soldiers in WWI
Thur 29 June, 6:45 - 8pm. Doors open 6:30
Artist Said Adrus and researcher Priya Jay investigate notions of collective memory and remembrance of Indian soldiers who fought for the British Empire in World War I.
Ardus’ short films on display at Autograph ABP explore the history of the Muslim Burial Ground in Woking, and the memory of Indian Soldiers in WWI.
This talk will look at how certain places, objects or events can have special importance in establishing and maintaining collective memory.
The event will start with a screening of Adrus’ short films (14 min running time). We will end with a Q&A with the audience.
Part of the exhibition
About the speakers
Born in Kampala, Uganda (British East Africa) in 1958 of Indian parents, Said Adrus and his family had to leave Uganda because of the expulsion of the Asian community by Idi Amin. They then settled in Switzerland in the 1970s.
In the 1980s he moved to the UK to study at Nottingham Trent University (previously Polytechnic) and later Goldsmiths, University of London.
Adrus is an artist associated with the Black British Art Movement. His works have been exhibited and screened at Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Bonington Gallery in Nottingham; Kunsthalle Bern and Shedhalle Zurich in Switzerland; Rich Mix, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, and Tate Britain in London; Bronx Museum of Art in New York; Southampton Museum & Art Gallery; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; and The Lightbox in Woking.
Priya Jay is a writer and visual culture researcher. Her current work focuses on collective memory, mourning and historicity within the postcolonial archive, using vernacular photography and personal narratives from the South Asian diaspora to develop a more nuanced telling of a people's history.
Her current project is Here and Then, she is cofounder of the grassroots archiving collective Patchwork Archivists and was Curatorial Researcher for Mahtab Hussain's exhibition You Get Me? at Autograph ABP
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