Hetain Patel

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    Hetain Patel, Kanku Raga, 2007 Single channel video with sound Courtesy of the artist and Chatterjee & Lal

Born 1980 Bolton, Hetain Patel lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham (2003).

Patel is interested in connecting marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom. With an autobiographical starting point, he uses humour and the languages of popular culture to highlight familiarity within the exotic, recognition within the unknown. Sometimes this involves exploring fantasy through a DIY domestic lens, whilst other works emulate the high production values of Hollywood.

Working collaboratively with artists across disciplines, and with family members and non-professionals, Patel enjoys working across multiple languages, culturally and artistically.

His work is held in public and private collections including Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi; Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon; and Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham. 

Selected solo exhibitions and performances include Let's Talk About Dis, Royal Opera House, London and Sadler’s Wells, London (2018); American Boy, CODA Festival, Oslo (2018); Don’t Look at the Finger, QUAD, Derby, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, and touring (2017-18); The Fight, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester and QUAD, Derby (2017); The Jump, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh (2015); The Other Suit, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai (2015); iMovie 2.0, Extinction Marathon, the Serpentine Galleries, London (2014); and To Dance Like Your Dad, Watermans Arts Centre, London (2010). Selected group exhibitions include Deeper within its silence: Form and Unbecoming, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi (2019); Shall We Dance?, MUCEM, Marseille (2019); London Short Film Festival, ICA, London (2019); Everything We Do Is Music, Drawing Room, London (2017-18); Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane (2015-16); Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015); SPHERES 7, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin (2014); and Heaven & Earth, Southbank Centre, London (2014). 

Awards include selection for British Art Show 9 (2021-22); the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project Award (2017); and the Decibel Award, Arts Council England (2004); and New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells, London (2013-present).

Last updated: 07.05.2021

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