In this episode of Live and Now, Steve talks with Sheila Ghelani – an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans live art, performance, installation, social art and moving image – and whose most recent work includes Common Salt, a ‘performance around a table’ made with Sue Palmer that explores the colonial, geographical history of England and India.
Starting with Grafting & Budding – a lecture style performance examining ideas surrounding race, heritage, and mixing – we explore the development of Sheila’s practice as a solo artist in relationship to her work with Pacitti Company and Blast Theory, and the significance of a sequence of works presented as part of the National Review of Live Art.
Contexts and documents
- the project page for Common Salt and the accompanying book, available to order from Sheila’s website or Unbound.
- an interview with Sue Palmer and Sheila Ghelani about Common Salt for Scare the Horses, curated by Paula Crutchlow
- documentation of Grafting and Budding on Sheila’s website
- documentation of Sugar Sugar White on NRLA30, a website celebrating the 30th anniversary of the National Review of Live Art