The title of this work, refers specifically to second generation British citizens. It also alludes to Subject as a matter, or a topic of British nature. The new generation of Britain grew up at the intersection of ‘subject’ and ‘citizen.’ This work portrays their complex cultural identities; partly tied to their parents’ heritage and partly to the place where they were raised. It explores the shifting social landscape between the old England and the new one.
This work is meant to challenge the audience on the meaning of identity and belonging in the climate of cultural convergence we live in. The work is supported with documents, personal stories and images. It takes multiple approaches to capture the essence of a complex and multilayered subject. I focused on the most prominent groups with backgrounds from the former colonies. The establishment and contribution of these communities is visible in the many aspects that define the social and cultural landscape, including music, art, food, architecture, fashion, and faith.
My work gives special emphasis to these moments in the social landscape where both cultural heritages are visible and maintain a certain balance between themselves.