Dipesh Pandya is an artist based in Margate. He works with sound, moving image, typography, photography, spoken word, clothing and text. He is an alumnus of Open School East‘s 2018 Associates Programme.
Recent works include There Goes the Neighbourhood, for which audience members were invited to take a 10 minute ride in a taxi, to the soundtrack of a mixtape compiled by the artist through conversations with people living and working in Cliftonville, Margate, and What you doing outside in the sun? You should be inside, you’ll turn dark like me… which included a long poem, reflecting on the artist’s first year back in the UK following seven years living and working in India. Made at LIMBO, a former electricity substation space, the poem was printed and cut to form a long, single line of words. It circled the exhibition space, and then made its way from the building to two nearby convenience stores. The text was accompanied by sound works, Shop Talk X, Y & Z, which further connected the three spaces, carrying audio from the stores to the substation and vice versa.
Other works by Pandya use a range of alter egos to explore the fluidity of personal cultural identity and the complexities of navigating different sociocultural spaces as a person of colour.