Hetain Patel

b. 1980 in Bolton, United Kingdom
Working in London, United Kingdom
On view June 10 through June 27, 2021
Several musicians appear beneath a film screen, which shows a leaping Spiderman in a living-room style setting full of many people.

Hetain Patel, DON’T LOOK (featuring The Jump), 2018. Live music performance and film screening. Duration: 90 minutes. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph courtesy of the artist

The artist crocuhes in front of a sculpture made from a car that looks humanoid.  The sculpture's pose mirrors the artist's.

Hetain Patel, Fiesta Transformer, 2013. Sculpture incorporating Ford Fiesta Mk2. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Still from Hetain Patel's film Don't Look at the Finger.

Hetain Patel, Don’t Look at the Finger, 2017. Single-channel high-definition video with sound. Duration: 16 minutes, 8 seconds. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph courtesy of the artist

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. 

Don't Look, 2021, was commissioned by Rich Mix and Sadler’s Wells London, with support from Film and Video Umbrella. This work was adapted by Asia Society Museum, New York for the inaugural Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone U.S. premiere.