Lucky's Monologue / POULOMI DESAI


“Lucky” – A monologue obtained by someone I don’t know of a man who has come to the UK from Punjab hoping for a better life. It was handed to me to interpret as an artist – about someone I don’t know, haven’t met, will not meet. This disconnection has been iterated and highlighted through the use of Morse code and semaphore signals – communication languages of yesteryear – a remembrance that journeys for better lives, adventures and communication have been traits of human behaviour since life began.


Poulomi Desai is currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Heritage Quay archives / British Music Collection – University of Huddersfield, Curator / Project Manager of “We are the Lions” – the first comprehensive exhibition about the Grunwick strike in the 70s and runs the Usurp Art space in Harrow, London. She is self-taught and has been involved in performance, curatorial projects, live art, sound and photography installations interrogating the politics of identity, listening and perception inspired by her activist background and DIY post punk for over 30 years. She creates performances / compositions with modified sitars, electronics and VLF radio – solo, duos and ensembles. Exhibitions/projections include, The Queens Museum, The Serpentine Gallery, Photographers Gallery, Ministry of Sound, Heaven, The Science Museum, The Oxford Gallery India, Futuresonic and Souzouzukan 9001 Japan. Commissions and performances include, Sonic Acts, LCMF, Fort Process, Clandestino, Colour Out of Space. Her work has been published in six books and she co-founded the youngest black/asian performance company in the UK – HAC in 1981, the first South Asian LGBTT campaigning club – Shakti in 1988 and the first HIV/AIDS charity in India – NAZ/NFI in 1991. “Her irreverent aim is to shatter the contours of these fixed notions of sexual, national, cultural, personal, political and diasporic identities”Professor Stuart Hall, Different, Pub.Phaidon.


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