PROJECT: RURAL-URBAN DIVIDE
CHANGING SELF IDENTITY IN THE ERA OF GLOBALIZATION: The nature of Ketna & Jon's work observes, explores and comments on the socio-economic consequences of Globalization; how communities all over the world are being impacted.
Rural areas in Britain, and indeed in Europe, have, for some time, been subject to processes of population transformation, which have resulted in expressions of concern about the future health and viability of rural communities. To participate and contribute to this phenomenon in a deeper and meaningful way, Artist Ketna Patel has decided to make rural Wales her main studio location in U.K.
From many years of varied international experience, she has observed the heightening polarization between urban and rural life. People in cities seem to be over stimulated, and many individuals in rural areas 'under stimulated'. Metropolitan areas are creaking under the pressure of suffocating transportation systems, housing shortages, and general un-productivity as many hours are wasted in traffic jams and commuting. The air and water quality is diminishing, and its a frenzied rat race! Britain is an urban country and about four fifths of the UK population lives in cities and towns. There seems to be something wrong with that equation!