Squatting 2005

Following the Sacred Bodies series, a turning point Hetain’s work can be seen in the Squatting series. These photographs highlight a transitional stage in his thinking: following experiments that temporarily change the surface of his body, he became increasingly interested in ways to embed something more substantial within my body: something that could embed itself into the long term cultural memory of his limbs. The squatting posture is prevalent in a number of eastern countries but for the artist holds particular resonance as a connection to India. It feels like a physical trait that identifies his link to a working class background and something that some of his elder relatives still do in England. Hetain considers the training of his body to comfortably sit like this as a physical connection with his heritage and the questioning of it. Does learning to sit like this make him more Indian? This series takes a humorous look at photographing this displaced connection with his heritage in the western context of my surroundings. And just as in the body decorative pieces, it is important that these self-portraits are shot by his own hand, taking control and responsibility for the framing of the body as both subject and object.

Squatting Sofa, 2005
C-type photograph
76 cm x 89cm

Squatting Toilet, 2005
C-type photograph
76 cm x 89cm

Squatting Road, 2005
C-type photograph
76 cm x 89cm

Squatting Gate, 2005
C-type photograph
76 cm x 89cm

Squatting Country, 2005
C-type photograph
76 cm x 89cm

Squatting Bollard, 2005
C-type photograph
76 cm x 89cm

Squatting Blackpool 1, 2005
C-type photograph
76 cm x 89cm

Squatting Blackpool 2, 2005
C-type photograph
76 cm x 89cm

Squatting Bed, 2005
C-type photograph
76 cm x 89cm