Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid & Nilupa Yasmin
GRAIN in collaboration with The New Art Gallery Walsall presents an exhibition which brings together three photographers, Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid and Nilupa Yasmin to present new and existing work focused around portraiture, culture and female identity.
Through making work about and in collaboration with their families and communities, both in the UK and Pakistan, these photographers seek to explore and represent the complexity and diversity of women today.
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.
On Friday 27 March Caroline Molloy, writer, academic and artist, will be In Conversation with the three artists about their work and the female gaze.
(c) Arpita Shah, Purdah (Chunni), 2013.