Tara Fatehi Irani

As part of Bodies of Knowledge, Tara Fatehi Irani will work with the Kathak dancer Kesha Raithatha to explore the body as a site for the production and retention of bodies of knowledge among Loughborough-based women from the South Asian diaspora. Tara's part of the day will focus on exchanging personal histories and movement, using family photographs as a starting point. She will lead exercises that explore how memories, places and gestures are connected to each other and to our bodies. Kesha's part of the day will consider Kathak dancing as a form which holds memories, and experiment with movement and stories as ways of remembering.

These workshops will be carefully documented by Fatehi Irani using methods that seek to capture their embodied nature. This documentation will then form part of the Bodies of Knowledge exhibition, details of which will be announced shortly.

Tara Fatehi Irani is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and researcher working with fabricated histories, fictionalised facts, mistranslated memories and unattended archives. Her work is primarily concerned with the ephemeral interactions between memories, words and sites and the transformation of these through performance, language and installation. She works in a range of media including performance, video, sound, installation, writing, collage and a multitude of objects. My most recent works engage with themes of displacement, translation and historical inaccuracies. Tara has performed at Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Liverpool, and SPILL Festival of Performance and Chelsea Theatre. Tara is a member of Documentation Action Research Collective (DARC), and a doctoral researcher at the University of Roehampton, London.

Kesha Raithatha's involvement in Bodies of Knowledge is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

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Bodies of Knowledge

Three discrete commissions using performance and experimental documentary to explore the body as a site for the production and retention of knowledge. Read more

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Migrant Memory and the Postcolonial Imagination

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Kesha Raithatha

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