ship sail, photographs, photocopies, thread.  2001.


Surekha’s research process at the industrial museum Bristol, led to the issues of colonial times dealing with the hidden history of slave trade. She used series of texts using photographs and photocopies stitched on to the ship sail. Surekha used the potency of the symbol in conjunction with second-hand sail-cloths to indicate Bristol’s own problematic history. This work is a product as a result of her visits to S.S. Great Britain, the Industrial Museum and the Asian immigrant community in the city, revealed the extent to which Britain’s relationship to India and Africa was bound inextricably to the slave trade and to colonialisation.