Sophie Soobramanien: Ou est le pouce?

A film performance developed through Newcastle-based artist Sophie Soobramanien’s trip to Mauritius, Ou est le pouce? clashes awkward feelings of tourist displacement with familial comforts.

Having originally set out to consider her sentimentality and nostalgia towards the island, the birthplace of her parents, via the German notion of sehnsucht – a specific longing or nostalgia for something never experienced – Soobramanien returned with material less straightforward, and more unsure of itself.

A film, a live reading, a sketchy enquiry, Ou est le pouce? thinks about how acts of translation become symbolic of the process of meaning-making around identity and heritage. Jettisoning any neat, linear approach, it prioritises instead an attempt to connect with a place which falters and stutters—no rules, no set pieces, just a slippery kind of floating around.

A new work supported by a Projections event commission. 

Thursday 22 August 2019
Tyneside Cinema (Gallery)
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About the artist

Sophie Soobramanien is an artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her practice spans film, drawing, performance and writing. She uses these tools for exploring questions of cultural identity and scripts of sexuality amidst interpersonal relationships and the larger purview of societal projections. Since graduating from Fine Art at Newcastle University, she has shown work at Northern Charter and System Gallery, Newcastle; and alongside Katy Bentham has co-edited and published Eros in Blue. Additionally, she is part of a collaborative project – Islanders. Together with Nellie Saunby, Giles Bailey & Jamie Hammill, a continuously evolving performance has been developed and toured around the country.