Through several bodies of work created with indigenous communities in Northeast India, Pablo Bartholomew has observed that these communities wear their cultural DNA through their clothing, ornamentation and marking on their bodies; codes that they keep as a form of self identity.
2-10 February 2018 | pablo bartholomew | Dhaka Art Summit
later Toured as part of the exhibition: a beast, a god, and a line, CURATED BY COSMIN COSTINAS
17 march - 20 may 2018 | Para site, hong kong
6-24 june 2018 | TS1, Yangon
20 july - 7 October 2018 | Museum of Modern Art in WARSAw
With a father hailing from Burma and mother who is of partial Bengali origin, Pablo Bartholomew traces, in his newly commissioned project (a work in progress as part of a longer ongoing cross-border inquiry) the links between geographically fractured indigenous communities/ethnic minorities in Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh. Working within the Chakma community into which he is related from his mother’s side, he extends the scope of his practice by working with weavers. The artist asked these artisans to use their traditional idioms on back-strap looms (carried on the body through periods of migration) to weave graphic DNA patterns the imagery rendered through scientific testing. Through this project Bartholomew hopes to weaves together science, myth, legend and tradition, exploring a cross border ethnic identity.
Commissioned and Produced by Samdani Art Foundation for DAS 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Samdani Art Foundation.