Ghost Ships

Published to coincide with Entangled Pasts, 1768–now: Art, Colonialism and Change, this screenprint by Mohini Chandra, one of the artists in the exhibition, is her first venture into printmaking and is part of a larger body of work focusing on sailing ships, engaged in voyages of discovery, slavery and colonisation.

Published as an edition of 30 in the RA Schools with printmaker Leigh Clarke, each print is on Somerset Satin 300 gsm paper with hand-torn edges. Each is signed and numbered by the artist and presented in a portfolio.

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Material Screenprint
Dimensions 40.5 x 46.5cm

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“I hope that the series becomes a large installation of multiples - an intervention into existing cultural frames of reference around empire. Working in print for the first time, in conjunction with the RA schools, has allowed me to experiment with new materials and methods. This print reflects a critical stage in my process of discovery and experimentation.”

Following research into maritime history, particularly colonial shipping and shipwrecks in the Southwest of England, Chandra searches for images of sailing ships from books found in local charity shops and flea markets. In these works, which incorporate collage and overpainting, the ship loses its specificity and becomes a ghostly cipher for all vessels engaged in the voyages of empire. The location of each ship varies – on the high seas, in ports and against ‘exotic’ coastlines – reflecting the global reach of colonial shipping. 


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