How can we break stereotypes and presumptions surrounding Indian culture? “Culture Curtain” is a project proposal by Keshini Mistry which explores the stereotypes and presumptions of Gujarati culture due to the media and the idea of Westernisation. She designs with the aim to teach and build conversations surrounding stereotypes.
“Culture Curtain” is an exhibition at Sheffield Train Station. The exhibition comprises of a timber frame and red curtain that are permanent structures within Mistry’s exhibition. Mistry designed the timber frame so that materials and artwork can be hung or weaved into this frame to create conversations about stereotypes. Then when a new culture is to be exhibited, different materials, textures, and artwork can be placed into this frame.
The main focus of this exhibition is the red Curtain that runs throughout the building. This curtain is a metaphor. It represents how people see the first prominent thing in front of them but have not been revealed to the truth.
Mistry’s design will allow Sheffield to celebrate the heritage and cultures within this diverse city. This idea can allow people to speak up about their culture, hold conversations about stereotypes that impact their beliefs, and celebrate the juxtaposition between traditional and Westernisation.