Hetain Patel

b. 1980 in Bolton, England
Working in London, England
Showing at Asia Society Museum
On view from March 16, 2021, through June 27, 2021

Hetain Patel is a visual artist and performer who works across mediums, including photography, video, sculpture, and live performance. His multidisciplinary works weave together explorations of identity, language, and cultural specificities with paradigms of popular culture, often subverting expectations and challenging preconceived notions about nationality and race. His practice aims to connect marginalized identities with the mainstream to destabilize ideas of agency and authenticity while promoting personal autonomy. Patel frames his work autobiographically, employing humor and fantasy in an effort to highlight the familiar within the unfamiliar, creating opportunities for cross-cultural connection and understanding.