Dark Circles (2022) is an essay, of sorts, about the deep weirdness of being Anglo-Indian. It takes the form of an installation (archive video, spoken word, field recordings, ephemera, works on paper, haunted waiting room) exploring Anglo-Indian identity, a sort of uncomfortable by-product of the Empire, simultaneously privileged and marginalised within it. Its focus is three performers of Anglo-Indian heritage: Merle Oberon, Cuckoo Moray and Helen, who were able to negotiate a path to success through their ambiguous identity. It was commissioned as part of the Jerwood Arts x FACT Fellowship, which I received in 2020, and developed as part of that residency in 2021.
It’s now showing in Let The Song Hold Us at FACT Liverpool, until 19 June 2022.