untitled, India

In a way, David Sequeira’s untitled, India, 2022, is a love-letter to India that
rips open complex histories and explores, with both sensitivity and sharp observation,
a multifaceted country, continent and culture; while simultaneously unhinging
Australia’s tendency to oversimplify Indian culture in both the good (Bollywood,
cricket) and the bad (racism, cultural supremacy). In this work, Sequeira’s
observations and explorations are made through a series of 56 bespoke kurtas –
long, loose-fitting shirts worn in many parts of South Asia, including India – which
is underpinned by radical repetition. 36 kurtas feature intense colour blocking
and the remaining 20 feature black and white photography associated with
Indian history.
Grace McQuilten