Art Despite Everything

16—25 June 2023

University of Exeter
MA Curation

Imogen Patel: Sense of Belonging

Sense of Belonging brings together the works of Imogen Patel, a multidisciplinary artist whose practice navigates the complexities and tensions surrounding her South Asian identity within the dynamic landscape of contemporary, post-colonial Britain. 


Karine Khachatryan's love for the arts was sparked during her childhood in Armenia, where she was surrounded by a rich cultural heritage that instilled in her a deep appreciation for creative expression. Her passion for art remained steadfast and eventually led her to earn a BA in Art History, Archaeology, and Anthropology in 2022, followed by a Curation MA that allowed her to delve deeper into the dynamic world of contemporary art. During this time, Khachatryan developed a keen interest in the work of up-and-coming artists, leading her to focus her curatorial practice on promoting and providing platforms for emerging talent in the art world. 


Imogen Patel, currently based in London, is a multidisciplinary artist born in Hertfordshire. With a focus on race and identity, her work delves into the complex experience of being a British-Asian woman in post-colonial Britain. Patel’s artistic journey began with a Foundation Diploma at Camberwell College of Arts in 2018, followed by a BA in ‘Fine Art: Painting’ at the University of Brighton in 2021. Through mixed-media collages — consisting of Sari fabric, Indian motifs, and scenery from both her hometown and India ​​— Patel skillfully unravels the layers of her heritage; her multi-layered pieces embracing the multifaceted aspects of herself.

Featuring the artist’s raw-edged poetry and striking mixed media paintings — expansive canvases superimposed with Indian motifs, scenes from her hometown, and elegantly draped Sari fabrics — the exhibition allows viewers to peer into Patel’s inner world and grasp her experience of straddling two different cultures. Through her multi-layered pieces, Patel sheds light on the challenges posed by her dual heritage; her ongoing struggle to find a sense of belonging while grappling with feelings of alienation from both the White British and Indian communities. 

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Imogen Patel, You must wear the most beautiful Saris, 2021


3-5 Paris Street,
Exeter EX1 2JB

16–25 June 2023

Opening daily: 12–5pm

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