2012, single-channel video, 6.00 mins
My Mother was born in Durban, South Africa under apartheid. She left in 1987 on the last South African Airways flight to Australia until the end of the apartheid era. She has never returned, yet she travels yearly to India, returning only as a person of Indian origin. Growing up in a segregated Indian community and later moving to Australia has left my Mother in a perpetual state of not-belonging.
Mother, Motherland, Mothertongue focuses on the different aspects of my Mothers migrant experience through layering video, sound and images. The combination of different languages used is a metaphor for her diaspora, which results in inhabiting multiple identities. Silence and loneliness is contrasted with the complexity of her experience of being stereotyped, constructing an identity and being simultaneously bound and free from cultural constraints and expectations.