Kajal Nisha Patel, born in 1979, is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer and educator working between the UK and India. She primarily uses found Indian textiles and other vernacular objects in her work and uses art and social practice to create dialogue between different communities. Her practice focuses on the intersectional lives of South Asian and British South Asian women. Kajal is the recipient of numerous grants, international awards, and residencies. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Artist Residency within the University of Leicester. She founded Lightseekersin2008, a participatory platform under which art and creative expression are encouraged to learn about and engage with complex social issues. (Photo shot in Leicester, UK, 2011. Photo sponsors: Henry and Betty Lou Walston.)


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