Divide & Rule

A personal statement by Kirk Rasmussen and Blaire Bancroft

This exhibition reflects the circumstance relationships between the rich cultures of the United Kingdom and India. The bonds between the two countries stem in wealth and an imbalance of political power- both translated in the current lifestyles of the English and Indian people. Studying abroad in London, England (Blaire) and Delhi and the Himalayan Mountain range of India (Kirk), we were directly surrounded by the influences that each country had on the other and the subsequent privilege that was either in abundance or lacking entirely. These differences appeared within our experiences in many ways and turned out to be obvious in comparing photographs and viewing each other’s drawings and videos. While one was watching Indian men play cricket in a park in Delhi, the other was buying yet another expensive Curry for dinner in London.

 

In this exhibition we aim to avoid presenting a cliché look at our journeys abroad and instead allow the opportunity to have our precious memories become an important visual juxtaposition of two powerful cultures in the form of material objects, photographs, and film.

 

 

 Poster image. Gallery Opening, September 18th, 2014. Pandos Exhibit space, Calder Art Center. 

Poster image. Gallery Opening, September 18th, 2014. Pandos Exhibit space, Calder Art Center.