Here and There

Manju Sharma, Here and There, 2019, film-essay, 13’ 00’’. Sharma’s poetic-film-essay is based on the exploration into the relationships of citizenship, home and identity, which are for her both very concrete and abstract notions. It combines texts from her written work called Citizens of Elsewhere, which is taking an epistolary form and images of her garden […]

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Citizens of Elsewhere

Manju Sharma, Citizens of Elsewhere, 2019, written work, 15,300 words. Sharma uses her sense of “otherness,” an imposed identity, to investigate the relationships of Citizenship and Home. Drawing unexpected relationships between people, objects and events she investigates how her foreign identity is negotiated as a female of colour. She uses two major events in history WWII […]

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“Please keep me with you at all times”

The suitcase represents the baggage that we carry around with us, baggage as in cultural heritage, and the miss-match of cultures. How one can become bitter and angry through the cultures of domination and exclusion; the feeling of not belonging. It addresses the notion of home, and the importance to unpack the baggage that we […]

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Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums: ‘Chrys’ comes from the Greek word gold.  Autumn: regeneration the start of the process of death. Once you reach the half way point, life becomes about the journey home.

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Hotel Sparrow

The mismatch between the national identity given by a country and the actual identity of a person. I wanted a passport to show how I felt: no sense of patriotism, no sense of national identity and a different sense of home. Hotel Sparrow is about being foreign in your own home. The sense of not […]

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Out of the plastic

Out of the plastic are 5 paintings. The title refers to photos that are never shared but remain protected behind a thin sheet of plastic in a family album. The gap between trying to preserve and keeping safe a culture and identity, and adjusting to one which changes according to the political climate. Our exoticness, […]

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