FROM THE BOOK
"As an artist, I want my work to reach everyone in the world, because I believe it has something to say to everyone in the world! From a marketing point of view, of course, we begin by targeting audiences who are likely to relate to the themes--migrants, women, members of the South Asian and African diasporas.
What I have learned from touring my work internationally, however, is never to make assumptions about who my 'target audience' should be. I have found that the work genuinely crosses all boundaries of race, gender, culture, and even language.
the most telling example of this is that the book of Migritude has been published in Italy, and translated into Italian. At the book launch in Genoa, the owner of the bookshop where we sold the launch (a male Italian scientist) said how powerfully the poems spoke to his own experience of growing up in Calabria, an economically marginalized region of Italy. How could I have imaged that?"
Shailja Patel, excerpted from her interview with Vanita Reddy in Migritude.