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Live Interview: Tuesday 9 March, 2pm
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Nottingham-born artist, Permindar Kaur, had her solo exhibition Hiding Out in the Djanogly Gallery in 2014. She is joined in conversation by artist, curator and art historian, Eddie Chambers, who has written about her sculpture and done much to raise awareness of the work of BAME artists in the UK since the 1980s. In this conversation Eddie Chambers quizzes Permindar Kaur about her thirty or so years as a practising artist and how she found her voice among Black and Asian artists in the 1990s in an art scene dominated by identity politics. He talks to her about her preoccupation with childhood and play as expressed in a managerie of toy-like creatures and the notion of ‘home’ to which she frequently returns in her work.
As leaders and role models in their respective fields, we are delighted to bring this interview to you live as part of the University of Nottingham's Diversity Festival.
Permindar Kaur’s work is also included in the forthcoming Djanogly Gallery exhibition Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women Since 1945 (18 September 2021-9 January 2022).
Permindar Kaur (L), Eddie Chambers (R)
Independence (2014), installation shots © copyright the artist. Image: Collection Nottingham City Museums (Castle Museum)
- About the artists (click to expand)
Permindar Kaur is a sculpture/ installation artist, whose approach to art is playful, using childlike objects to explore the territory of cultural identity, home and belonging. She uses simple forms, for instance furniture (beds, cots and chairs) and toys (soft, brightly coloured figures, trucks and animal forms). These objects resemble displaced domestic belongings, which have been distorted and manipulated to invoke the uncanny.
Kaur has exhibited internationally. Her major solo exhibitions include Hiding Out, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts (2014).
Eddie Chambers is a British contemporary art historian, curator, artist and Department of Art and Art History Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Since the early 1980s he has been involved in organizing and curating a considerable number of artists’ exhibitions. In addition to his exhibition work, he has written extensively about the work of artists in the UK and other countries, including Australia, Jamaica and the US.
This interview is part of the University of Nottingham's Diversity Festival.