Free alternative walking tour of Leicester with photographer Kajal Nisha Patel

Posted by er134 at Oct 24, 2014 12:25 PM |
Route to explore the impact of migration on the city of Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 24 October 2014

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An alternative walking tour exploring the influences of migration on the makeup of the city of Leicester will take place on Monday 3 November from 2pm.

Join photographer Kajal Nisha Patel for a walking tour that explores Leicester’s rich migration heritage starting at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies on University Road and lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The route follows Leicester’s rich industrial and cultural heritage, stopping at locations including New Walk, River Soar, Great Central Street and the Old Central Train Station.

A team from the University’s School of Museum Studies, working with the Migration Museum Project, has organised the tour as part of a public programme event linked to a dramatic photographic exhibition, 100 Stories of Migration.

Patel is a Photographic Artist, researching colonial and postcolonial legacies of the British Raj, both in India and the UK. Her work is interconnected along the theme of economic migration and cultural displacement. She is particularly interested in the British South Asian experience, with much of her work centred around Leicestershire.

Patel’s photographic work is intimately connected to her identity as an Indian woman living in Britain. She focuses on evolving cultural landscapes whilst observing the influences and effects of economic migration and is in the process of creating a detailed visual record of the British South Asian experience, as individuals affirm new identities and strategically learn to exist in two worlds.

Patel said: “As the daughter of migrant parents, I’m interested in intergenerational issues and keen to improve the way in which cultural knowledge is transferred to the younger generation. In 2007, I founded Lightseekers social enterprise, under which I facilitate and deliver Photography and Film-Making workshops in the UK and in India.”

The 100 Stories of Migration exhibition, which features Patel’s work, at the University of Leicester through to 13 February 2015 charts stories of migration and explores and poses questions around the ways in which migration affects us all.

Exhibition Curator, Sarah Plumb from the University of Leicester, said: “The 100 Stories of Migration project is timely and important and presents diverse stories and journeys of migration. We are delighted that Leicester-based photographer Kajal Nisha Patel will be sharing her unique perspective for the walking tour and hope that people from local communities get involved to learn more about Leicester's rich history of migration.”

To book a place on the free walking tour on Monday 3 November visit: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/100stories/public-programme

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

For further information contact Exhibition Curator, Sarah Plumb at the School of Museum Studies: sp227@leicester.ac.uk

The exhibition has been developed by PhD students and staff in the School of Museum Studies in partnership with the Migration Museum Project. 100 Stories of Migration has been generously supported by the University of Leicester Research Infrastructure Fund, Teaching Enhancement Project Fund, and College of Arts, Humanities, and Law Development Fund.

Please remember to frequently check the School of Museum Studies 100 Stories of Migration exhibition web site for more information on the exhibition.  In the coming weeks and months the school will update their web site with new content related to the exhibition including public programmes events at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/100stories/

This main exhibition will run until February 2015 and will be located in the School of Museum Studies, 19 University Road, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RF. Opening times: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

To learn more about Kajal Nisha Patel, please follow her on Twitter

Migration Museum Project: http://www.migrationmuseum.org/

Migration Museum Project flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/100imagesofmigration/

Kajal Nisha Patel Biography

Kajal Nisha Patel is a Photographic Artist, researching colonial and postcolonial legacies of the British Raj, both in India and the UK.

Her work is interconnected along the theme of economic migration and cultural displacement. She is particularly interested in the British South Asian experience, with much of her work centred around Leicestershire. Her most recent work explores industrial trade and the movement of Indian goods, services and people into Leicester.

As the daughter of migrant parents, Kajal is interested in intergenerational issues and is keen to improve the way in which cultural knowledge is transferred to the younger generation. In 2007, she founded Lightseekers social enterprise, under which she facilitates and delivers Photography and Film-Making workshops in the UK and in India.

Kajal is working closely with The Migration Museum Project and The University of Leicester to build a better understanding of the British South Asian experience.

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