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What Is Seen and What Is Not


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This book accompanies the Solo Interventions at the V&A titled ‘What is seen and what is not’ by Yousefzada. The work begins at the Grand Entrance of the South Kensington Museum and extends to the Sculpture Gallery 25, finishing in the Madjeski Gardens. Along with documented photographs of the interventions of tapestries; ceramics, Murano glass, woven beds, stackable peerhis, and a black painted wooden boat which are surrounded by pennant flags and original Indian embroidered banners to signify the start of the colonial expansion between England and South Asia.  In addition, the book contains a series of critical essays around the work to open up conversations around domesticity, female migration, movement and coming together as a community.  Essays by curators, critics and writers including Catherine Ince V&A, James Robinson V&A, Hammad Naser, Grant Watson and author Kamila Shamsie.


Osman Yousefzada




230mm x 285mm

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