Keroshin Govender, ‘Mahalaya Patcham’ 2023. Jute, terracotta, image transfer, paint, and thread. Various Dimensions. Image courtesy: the artist

A Jute painting of my grandmother’s home in Durban is suspended over a tapestry depicting previous generations of my family. The tapestry is surrounded by terracotta tiles decorated with ‘kolums’. Some of my family have been turned into large terracotta sculptures. Jute and terracotta are important materials in Tamil Nadu, where my ancestors are from. Mahalaya Patcham explores ideas around mourning, longing and the places associated with those who are deceased.

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