I am exploring South Asian diaspora in my art practice. I typically work in the form of performance and live art, however, depending on the focus of a project, the media of artwork will vary.
I am in the process of interrogating identity and its place in the arts, particularly focussing on the systems of social hierarchy and their implications for artists of colour. I raised these issues in a critical report using structural and social theories including foundationalism and colonialism.
Alongside assisting artists, I was given the responsibility of online documentation and promotion as the show progressed at Little Wolf Parade’s Krisis in Nottingham.
Pwr required me to make site-specific work which complimented the work of seven other artists the exhibit. Held at the University of Lincoln, the exhibition discussed power relations in the public space between a STEM subject building (Issac Newton Building) and the Arts building (Architecture, Art and Design).
RAW LIVE ART COLLECTIVE (Formed)
I became part of a collective of artists studying BA and MA Fine Art at the University of Lincoln to form L.A.R. (now Raw Live Art). We held our debut exhibition L.A.R. (January - February 2018) at St Martin’s Gallery, Lincoln.
Leading up to the exhibition, I acted as a facilitator of art for service users of Addaction Lincoln and North Sea Camp Prison. Groundings gave me the responsibility of sourcing and negotiating a venue for the exhibition to be held while helping steer promotion material through social media and physical distribution.
SLAP (Performing Artist)
Retaining contact with Little Wolf Parade allowed me to perform Saturday Night with Lauren Smith at Rough Trade, Nottingham alongside Raw Live Art colleagues.
DIY 15: THE BODY IS THE PLACE. MEMORIES ARE THE MAP. WORKSHOP
Being selected for this workshop (run by Barby Asante and Ria Hartley) permitted me to network with other BAME artists as well as open to my own ancestry and interrogation of the self.
ARTISTS OF COLOUR
I gave an artist talk about my practice for the Artists of Colour event at Islington Mill, Manchester as part of Speech Acts.
SAMUNDRO PAR EXHIBITION
My first solo exhibition was held at Ramgharia Sikh Temple, Birmingham. It saw my work evolve to cater to the audience and required me to negotiate with authorities of the non-traditional site. This exhibition allowed me to take charge of every aspect of the exhibition’s launch and running which I evaluated in a follow-up report.
UK YOUNG ARTISTS 2019
As part of the XYZ.α collective's performance Transference, I performed in Nottingham's Old Market Square with Sacrifice. The performance ran along themes of occupation, absence and womanhood. Sacrifice focussed specifically on arranged marriage in British South Asian culture.
I performed at the University of Lincoln's 2019 degree show. I was selected to act as part of the curatorial team which involved organising the studio spaces across around 40 artists as well as performance times throughout the private view. My performance,
Aftermath, confronted systems of hierarchy, justice and education when dealing with issues of consent and sexual assault before and after arranged marriage in South Asian communities.
PIE 'N' EARS DEGREE SHOW
I aspire to be an art therapist while maintaining professional artistic practice. Groundings allowed me to work in partnership with Addaction and North Sea Camp Prison to facilitate art sessions with participants for exhibition. During my summers I work at Camp Easter Seals (2017 and 2018) summer camp for adults and children with disability, giving me critical experience for future possibilities in the field.