Johnny Foreigner – 6 July to 4 September
“A new place, or a new soil, a new culture and a new beginning.”
Based on her experiences of moving East to West, artist Lata Upadhyaya explores how we always take a bit of our own culture, individuality, and belongings wherever we travel. No one wants to completely leave behind their identities, but we have to find a way to renegotiate and make sense of our identities within a new culture and context.
Upadhyaya’s Johnny Foreigner is an exhibition comprised of objects, symbols, images, material, memories, and treasures that evoke personal stories. These objects are carefully placed into clear suitcases, symbolically ‘packing’ unique identities into a small number of items. These suitcases represent the motion of the journey, the indefinite significance that these journeys continue to have on our lives, and are presented as a sculptural installation at Jaywick Martello Tower as a meditation upon the experience of migration.