Hetain Patel undertook the final commission for www.1215.Today and has co-created two films with a group of young people from Lincoln known as The Collective. The films tackle issues of equality in a sneakily benign way, presented in an unusual context. Can you find them on the festival trail?
This commission is part of www.1215.Today, an online platform aimed at young people to stimulate curiosity and debate around the big issues of today. Artists have made new work to commission, taken up online residencies, provoked debate and run surveys and social media campaigns.
You can explore the richness of www.1215.Today online or by visiting one of our 1215.Today Salons at Lincoln Drill Hall
Frequency Festival is working with Lincoln Voices and 1215.Today in partnership with the University of Lincoln to highlight Lincoln’s connection to Magna Carta and The Charter of the Forest through intriguing artistic interventions that will stimulate curiosity and debate around the big issues of today.
Hetain Patel creates photographs, videos, sculptures and live performances, usually for galleries and theatres. These works have also appeared on the web, on television, in print, in housing estates, and behind toilet doors.
His work is exhibited in private an public collections in the U.K, China, India and U.S.A.
Over the last few years his work has spanned from Bruce Lee impersonations on stage at the Royal Opera House, commissions for Tate Modern and Southbank Centre, London, made a working class Transformer robot from an old Ford Fiesta (with his Father), designed part of a mini golf course for the Venice Biennale, toured his live performance, TEN, internationally (in English and French), made his first dance company work for Candoco, and was invited to do a TED talk which has since had over two million hits.
Hetain says “I am 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 I use humour and the languages of popular culture to highlight familiarity within the exotic, recognition within the unknown. In my work this often involves exploring fantasy through a DIY domestic lens.”