India & Hip-Hop Collide at “Word to Your Motherland” Art Exhibit

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Word to Your Motherland

WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND is a very unique art exhibit which transpires a cultural urban movement of the Indian diaspora and the engagement of Hip-Hop in India. Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, California is hosting this exhibition from July 6, 2012 – August 11, 2012.WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND is one of the first art shows in California to showcase this type of movement which has not been given any type of platform.

The exhibit includes, visual and audio pieces, digital artwork, photography, video projections and collage work which have been curated by Nisha K. Sembi of Kalakari Collective and Mandeep Sethi of Slum Gods. Both are masters of their own artistic skills and collaborated to bring this movement to the forefront.

The opening night reception at Betti Ono Gallery was filled with seekers who were aw-inspired by the colorful works of art by Sembi which transcribed her Punjabi-American culture perfectly.

“I felt like there was a huge void that needed to be filled, and then I thought, why don’t I just fill this void?” exclaimed Sembi when asked “What’s your inspiration?” She expresses her cultural identity through her art and does a wonderful job bringing together both of her worlds. This is a “world” that many Indian-Americans can relate to.

Word to your motherland

Mandeep Sethi, representing Slum Gods, emceed the opening reception and made sure the house was jumpin’ with his freestyle raps! Mandeep has played a big role in developing the hip-hop scene in India and representing South Asians in the underground hip-hop scene through out the world.

WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND was one of the first art shows to give a spotlight to such a movement. We wish the Kalakari Collective, Slum Gods and everyone involved the best of luck and look forward to future shows of this nature!

Make sure to support the movement and check out WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, CA!

For more information visit:

Kalakari Collective

Slum Gods

@MandeepSethi

@KalakariCrew

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