Racist Apples is a film commission for 1215 Today made by artist Hetain Patel with ‘the Collective’, a group of young people in Lincoln. Racist Apples is made for YouTube and tackles the issue of racism in society in a playful, non-confrontational way.
‘My work is always about identity in some ways and it is about freedom. It’s about looking at how we might release ourselves from labels or boxes that we might put ourselves in, in order for us to think wider, for us to be more accepting of others and more open to difference.’
Hetain worked with young people between the ages of 16 – 25 for 9 months, running workshops, visits and practical filmmaking sessions. The theme of the films was defined by the young people during this time.
‘Both the films Racist Apples and Stupid Bananas take some of the identity issues we’ve been exploring over the past months together, and distill them into something that we hope will be shared far and wide online. We made them to speak in the highly clickable YouTube language. So as well as coming with a message, they are also short, funny and memorable.’
For Hetain, there isn’t really an average day being an artist.
‘The thing I sadly do most is sitting at my laptop! Doing admin, writing emails, making funding applications, marketing, researching ideas and so on. However I can’t complain as some days also include being on a grand film set directing a Kung Fu movie, or visiting amazing collaborators’ studios as they create a new costume or piece of music for my work. I also go through phases of travelling a lot to launch exhibitions, tour performances, giving talks, all over the world including America, China, Australia, Mexico, to name a few. As I work for myself and predominantly from home, the biggest challenge is actually to stop and take a break.’
Hetain’s other film, Stupid Bananas is also available to watch now.