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South Asia via Gateshead

The Gallery at Gateshead Central Library are showcasing two north-east artists of South Asian heritage.

Sofia Barton’s ‘Narivad’ (meaning Feminism in Sanskrit – work pictured) is an exploration of the Indian suffragettes who helped shape feminism on a global scale. With the use of matchbox designs inspired by those in her grandfather’s collection, she has created a fitting homage to these influential figures. Mani Kambo’s ‘Lore’, meanwhile, concerns itself with knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation, through spoken word, drawings, dance and objects. Her practice explores the inner spirit by drawing on her own personal totemic symbols. Visuals are repeated throughout her work like markers linking to notions of spirituality, rebirth and the cyclical nature of life and death. The exhibition is showing as part of GemArts’ Masala Festival. GM

Lore: Mani Kambo & Narivad: Sofia Barton, 18 July-10 September, Gateshead Central Library.