Around the world in 193 sewing machines

The Statemen

From the myriad experiences of his extensive travels across the world was born Indian artist N S Harsha's new installation work 'Nations' that connects 193 sewing machines to represent the world's diversity.

The installation, which is on display at the Mori Museumin Japan, has connected the machines, symbolic of the member countries of the United Nations, with different coloured threads to create a vision of a world divided by flags and socio-cultural and economic lines.

Based on a children's flags book that was sold in his hometown Mysore, the artwork aims to raise issues of labour outsourcing, migration and the forces of global markets.

22 February 2017