Born in Bombay, D’Costa migrated to Australia at an early age with his family. His research draws on his hybrid background of British, European, Indian and Australian cultures and its ongoing relationship to colonial and post-colonial theory, extending across drawing, painting and installation processes.
His most recent pan-disciplinary projects centre on the ‘right to belong’, exploring the role of resilience and optimism in the intersecting areas of migration, multiculturalism, identity and belonging. His research focuses on ideas connected to culturally composite ethnicity, mixed-race communities and the porosity of place, belonging and identity formation. These interests take into account shifting social and political situations and he tensions of consequences of mobility and migration in complex transnational environments.
This artwork is one from a series of work from an exhibition titles Ideas of Home. The premise of this grew from an early encounter D’Costa experienced with Indian miniature painting the first time he went back to India, almost 33 years ago and 15 years after his family immigrated to Australia. During this trip D’Costa became enamoured with the colour combinations and the ambiguous pictorial spaces of Indian court paintings. These memories have informed the painting, Ante Chamber and his relationship to place, belonging and home.