‘Too Rich a Soil’
GRAIN in collaboration with The New Art Gallery Walsall presents an exhibition which brings together three photographers, Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid and Nilupa Yasmin whose practices are rooted in the exploration of cultural identity.
Together they present new and existing work focused around portraiture, culture and female identity. Through making work both about and in collaboration with their families and communities, these artists celebrate the rich and varied roles of women in society.
This exhibition provides an opportunity to expand upon narratives around the Asian diaspora and in particular the roles and identities of women.
A selection of works from Shah’s series ‘Purdah – the Sacred Cloth’ will be shown; which presents contemporary women based in the UK from a variety of South Asian backgrounds who chose to practice traditions of head covering or veiling. West Midlands based Wahid and Yasmin will create new work. Wahid’s portraits of women encountered in Pakistan, aim to recognise and celebrate women’s contribution to the economy and society. Yasmin’s self-portraits, with their multi-layered and manipulated surfaces, will reflect upon femininity and cultural identity.
Exhibition Dates: 15th November 2019 – 19th April 2020.
Preview: Thursday 14 November, 6-8pm, all welcome.
Decolonising the Gaze; Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid and Nilupa Yasmin with Caroline Molloy.
Friday 27 March 2 – 5pm
GRAIN Projects & The New Art Gallery Walsall will host an afternoon of talks and a panel discussion with artists & photographers Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid & Nilupa Yasmin. The panel will be chaired by artist, academic and writer Caroline Molloy and will be an opportunity for audiences to hear from the artists about their practices and shared themes such as identity, culture and heritage.
Ticketed event, booking required – more information coming soon.
Image Credit: Photography by Jonny Bark