Unpacking the work: Femininities in Sikhism through the work of Nirbhai ‘Nep’ Singh Sidhu
Watch film exploring femininities in Sikhi through the work of GI2021 artist Sidhu
This weekend marks the closing of Nirbhai ‘Nep’ Singh Sidhu’s exhibition for GI2021 An Immeasurable Melody, Medicine for a Nightmare at GoMA, the first exhibition in Europe by the Toronto-based artist.
The short film below, produced by Dr Diljeet Kaur Bhachu, brings together three Sikh women who each engage with femininities in Sikhi in their own work and in their own ways. Drawing on some of the key themes in Sidhu’s work, Diljeet asked each of these women to consider the role of femininities in Sikhi, to unpack the metaphysical teachings of Sikhi, and to explore what exhibitions like Nep’s can offer Sikh communities and wider society.
Dr Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh is the Chair of the Department and Crawford Family Professor in Religious Studies at Colby College (USA), Ravideep Kaur is a Coach and Consultant based in Dundee, Scotland and Jasvir Kaur Rababan MBE is a Sikh musician and activist based in England.
This weekend also sees ‘Kirtan at GoMA’, a pre-booked public event whereby devotional music will be undertaken in the exhibition space, drawing on the importance of percussive rhythms and ancestral bonds that the artwork evokes.
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