Several seas away, some words were recently written about Alana Hunt and her bare feet slapping across the mud as she collected other people’s damaged paintings in a washed away town. Wandering home, past the light of a soft fire, unable to disturb an old septuagenarian couple making love, damp beds smelling sour, a seemingly unmindful Alana searches for salt to put in the cups of nun chai from Kashmir that she holds tenderly in her hands.
Alana's practice defies singular definition. Characterised by a gentle though challenging approach to participatory practice her work is best understood as a catalyst of culturally charged encounters that materialise through the local environments and social relationships she inhabits. Her most recent participatory projects, Paper txt msgs from Kashmir (2009-2010) and the ongoing memorial Cups of nun chai (2010-2012) have emerged from the Indian occupied region of Kashmir and focus on experiences of everyday life under military occupation through intimate, poetic and relevant means.
Living between Australia and South Asia the politics of nation making, the contemporary legacies of colonialism and the deeply ambivalent nature of modernity have come to provide a certain contour to the underlying currents of her practice in quiet yet consistent ways.
From 2008-2010 Alana was based in New Delhi. She currently works for Warmun Art in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia and was awarded the 2011 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship. Her work has taken place across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.
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