Masuma Halai’s trajectory has always involved the use of fabric and her practice relies heavily on the use of textiles and the integration of personal memory, diverse histories and different cultures, to come up with narratives that are isolated from the origins of all three. She works with textiles that are sourced from local flea markets, collected by her over a period of time, pairing them with embroidery and melding the two together by ruthlessly cutting the embroidery into little pieces which resonates well with the breaking up of traditions due to the effects of globalisation. She reconstitutes the cut-up pieces by literally stitching an entirely different narrative, that includes the stories of both, the embroidered piece and the fabric it is placed on.
The ensuing narrative, while pertinent to the present, is detached from both their individual truths and during this process the original identity of the fabric, has been altered by imposition of an account it is unfamiliar to. In this way, new histories and new memories have been created which have their place in the present.
Lately she has been in the process of mapping out cultural influences through virtual and physical takeovers, by employing textiles sourced from stateless immigrants, who have themselves been the products of invasions and political conflicts.