This project involved collaborating with my mother. She sewed bags and I arranged narrative and characters to them. The project came about from two reasons in 2010, while I was on a residency in IMMA. One was my investigation of the role of the artist within wider cultural contexts than the art world. The other was the personal history of my relationship with my mother. It was inspired from my childhood (rather mortifying) experience of having forced to bring my mother`s handmade bags to school, where other kids had official bags from the store. Till this day my mother has made these tote bags whenever she finds left over fabrics (even from broken umbrellas). Needless to say the supply has gone well beyond the demand. Now she has boxes of these bags in a cupboard. I wanted to exhibit these vernacular craft items of traditional female artistry that has been overlooked, and also set a mother sewing with a sewing machine in a white walled exhibition space of a museum. In the end it became a collaborative project with her. And we performed at the project space in IMMA, 2010(12 days), and a group show at Location One, New York, 2012(8 days). This is an on-going project.

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