Nep Sidhu with Nicholas Galanin, Axes in Polyrhythm from the series When My Drums Come Knocking, They Watch (2018) Courtesy of the artist

Nep Sidhu
An Immeasurable Melody, Medicine for a Nightmare
Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH
24 Apr — 04 Oct 2020
Opening hours Fri 24 April – Sun 4 October Mon – Wed & Sat, 10 am – 5 pm Thu, 10 am – 8 pm Fri & Sun, 11 am – 5 pm
This exhibition was due to take place during Glasgow International 2020, 23 April – 10 May, which has been postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis. The festival will be re-staged in 2021 with dates to be announced.

For his first solo exhibition in Europe, Canadian artist Nep Sidhu presents a body of work embedded in Sikh metaphysics and histories to explore relationships between memory, memorial and the divine. At once personal yet also forged within a strong sense of community, the work is inspired by ancestral bonds and present-day resonances, bringing forward a sense of ritual, kinship and seva (selfless service).

Sidhu’s finely honed works incorporate a wide variety of media including tapestry, metal, earth and video. Sidhu merges his artistic practice with his musical interests and inspirations, including musician and composer Alice Coltrane. Running throughout is the idea of deep rhythms and a sense of both the spiritual and the earthly. While the works invite multiple perspectives and readings, at their core is a desire for healing and awakening; call and response. 

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts and the High Commission of Canada in the UK and The Henry Moore Foundation

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