Kallol Datta’s textile objects are made of deconstructed fabric from India and Japan. Although Datta trained as a clothes maker, these are uninhabitable objects.

There are no hemlines or neck holes as entry points to the body. They resist the logic of clothing, and instead embody the meeting of diverse textiles, carrying the memories of their former owners.

The garments used in these works date from the 1940s to the 1980s, a period of major social and political change in both Japan and India. Datta’s research into clothing focuses on the ways in which it has been used in both places as a tool of control over minority and marginalised communities. His abstract fabric sculptures are about challenging this traditional relationship between clothing and the body.