Ali Zaidi, director, motiroti – City Gallery, Leicester, 2pm, 19 May Artist Talk with Ali Zaidi director of motiroti Saturday 19 May, 2pm – Free motiroti is a London based international arts organisation that create and produce original works combining new media, visual and performing arts for intimate as well as public spaces. Their multi-layered projects are led by participation and collaboration. Join motiroti’s artistic director Ali Zaidi for a talk about the company, the ‘cutout’ installation (now showing at The City Gallery) and his multi-disciplinary, cross cultural practise. Ali Zaidi co-founded motiroti with Keith Khan in 1996, and is now the company’s main creative drive. Indian by birth, Pakistani by migration and British by chance. These cultural paradoxes contribute to Zaidi’s creative speculation around issues of identity and representation. His background in graphic design, advertising and photography, as well as education, evolved into sumptuous expression of concepts rather than commercial products. Working across diverse art forms, including film, live art, installation and digital technologies, Zaidi creates fresh participatory experiences for new audiences. Zaidi’s work is reflected in all motiroti’s production. However, he feels particularly close to recent video-triptych cutout. The video unfolds a dialogue between the urban fabric and new cultural influences, and plays with the private sphere, the expression of the human body and public space. The talk is free but booking is essential, you can book you place by calling The City Gallery sales and information desk on 0116 223 2060.