Word to Your Motherland (WTYM) is a series of exhibitions presenting artwork that highlights the cultural move- ments of South Asians in America who incorporate elements hip-hop in their work. WTYM seeks to embody and inspire new ways of thinking about how artists engage and interact with their homeland and place of cultural origin within their medium and aesthetic. This project aims to feature several works by international visual artists as well as integrated live and visual art & musical performances. We will work to transcend all man-made borders and cre- ate a dialogue of self-expression by artists sharing their work and creative process across the globe.
Word to Your Motherland revolves around recreating an environment that visually, musically, and aesthetically transposes the culture of India and its people through the intersections with hip- hop culture. Along this route, the show will highlight cultural movements of the Indian diaspora that are participating in and engaging the world through hip-hop.
Furthermore, Word to Your Motherland will present a combination of visual and audio pieces and installations guiding the viewer through different elements of hip-hop culture that are reshaping and revolutionizing Indian culture and daily life. This guide includes content such as digital and fine artwork, photography, graffiti murals, and projections of video footage documenting hip-hop and street life in India and beyond. The show will be a dynamic entry point into the vibrations and frequencies of India and shed light on a plethora of elements including break- dancing, graffiti, emceeing, social protest against injustice, connections between India and Africa, and many more.