Deshna Shah

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DESHNA SHAH is an artist based in Manchester and Oxford. Deshna has a complex relationship to location, culture and belonging. She uses her work to question the residual impacts of relocation, judgement and the unspoken, especially within the South Asian diaspora. Living with dyslexia, Deshna combines Hindi, Gujarati and English to form The Twilight Language. It is designed to overcome the restrictions of modern languages, and therein gain mastery over them. Her enigmatic alphabet is used to narrate personal and social stories. Her practice offers a method of healing through participation and visual imagery. Deshna’s work fluidly meets at the crossroads of installation, dance, performance, filmmaking, new media, and critical theory.

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