Two activities core to the immigrant experience are waiting, and proving legal status. In the face of adversities the immigrant life is suspended in a stagnant yet uncertain condition. The strategy that seems to work most effectively in such circumstances is that of defiant acceptance. This is different from civil disobedience, as the immigrant, unlike a citizen, has no civic value. Evolving from biographical contexts the Immigrant Strategy attempts to simulate a generic method for individual empowerment against adversities. This ‘single-shot’ video piece was produced at the Roehampton University, London.
Shreepad Joglekar is a lens based artist from Mumbai, India. He holds a BFA from Sir J.J. institute of Applied Art in Mumbai, India, and an MFA from Texas Tech University.
Joglekar has been awarded artist residencies at National Center for Contemporary Art, Kronstadt, St. Petersburg, Russia; Weir Farm National Historic Site in Branchville, CT; the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY; and A.I.R. Studio in Paducah, KY.
His recent exhibitions include Non Places of Intelligence at Portico Library Gallery, Manchester, UK, and Rural America, at Piramal Gallery, National Center for the Performing Art, Mumbai, India. His work is held in the permanent collections of Center for Photography as an Art Form (NCPA), Mumbai, India, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Harper College Educational Foundation Art Collection, Palatine, IL, and Chashama Nonprofit Group, NY, NY.
His work has also been shown in several galleries in the US, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, India, Poland, and the United Kingdom. He has presented at interdisciplinary conferences in the US, France, and the United Kingdom. Exploring natural, constructed, and intellectual spaces has been a dominant theme in his work.