Exploration 24 Exploration 24 16th July 2024 - 3rd August 2024

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Sid Pattni, George’s big day out 2024, oil, synthetic polymer, gold leaf on canvas, 91cm x 76cm
Sid Pattni, George’s big day out is being exhibited in Exploration 24
Artwork will be shipped at conclusion of exhibition.
Artist statement: Once King George V was crowned King of England, he decided to sail to India as quickly as possible in order to be crowned Emperor of India. His coronation was held in New Delhi in 1911 and to celebrate, he decided to do one of the things he loved doing most, hunting animals. George set out with a hunting party of some 14,000 men and 2,000 elephants and over the next 4 days, he killed 39 tigers, 18 rhinoceros, and 4 bears.

My work is comprised of each one of the animals killed over those 4 days and serves as a means in which to remember their lives. While colonisation is often depicted as the imposition of dominion over human populations, the presence of the anonymous British soldier at the heart of my work symbolises the profound, yet often overlooked, impact of colonialism on the indigenous fauna of India.
Artwork In Situ

Artwork to scale in-situ on 3.7m wall