MY GRANDDAD’S CAR
My Granddad’s Car currently showing at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Univerisity of Greenwich is the culmination of an on-going project between Sayed Hasan and Karl Ohiri, exploring notions of migration and heritage, as seen through their relationships with two cars inherited from their respective late grandfathers in Pakistan and Nigeria. Having previously failed to separately transport the vehicles home to the UK, facing bureaucracy and corruption; a shift in circumstances inspired the artists to once again attempt to unite their Granddad’s cars. The challenges they faced on their journeys have become a snapshot of those undertaken by their families and more universal migrant experiences across the globe.
This exhibition presents photography, film and sculpture gathered and created while the artists travelled together in their ancestral homelands.
“In the exhibition we tell our story through photography, video, sculpture and text. We show the intimate spaces we move through, where landscapes, cloth and metal are used to express our connection to the everyday, material objects and the passage of time. The journey culminates in the fusion of our cars in a Sheffield steel foundry. The process goes beyond our initial desire to place two vehicles next to each other in our country of birth. The new form, becomes a tribute to both our ancestry and the melting pot of British society, where we were raised and live.”
The exhibition runs till February 10, 2017.
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