Visual art preview: Hardeep Pandhal: Hobson-Jobson

Glasgow-based artist explores multi-cultural identity through playful home videos and drawings

Visual art preview: Hardeep Pandhal: Hobson-Jobson

This exhibition of new work by Glasgow-based artist Hardeep Pandhal forms part of Collective Gallery’s ongoing Satellites Programme for emergent Scottish artists. Pandhal is a British artist from Birmingham who graduated from Glasgow School of Art’s MFA in 2013. Since then he has exhibited across the UK, appearing in Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2013 and creating a public artwork for the Glasgow International in 2014. He creates drawings, knitted sculptures and videos that interrogate the legacy of post-colonialism in contemporary Britain, with his distinctive satirical, black humour.

Pandhal experiments with non-linear approaches to storytelling and frequently relies on autobiographical content in his artworks, examining his family’s multi-cultural past and his childhood memories of growing up in a Sikh community in Birmingham. The title of this exhibition is derived from a glossary of colloquial Anglo-Indian words and phrases produced in the Victorian era during the British rule of India, which contains a range of crude adaptations of foreign words into English. The work created for this exhibition follows Pandhal’s own ongoing research into the complexities of national identities and languages and brings together a range of new pieces, including reworked home videos and his characteristic, tongue-in-cheek drawings.

Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 14 Nov 2015–Sun 17 Jan 2016

Hardeep Pandhal: Hobson-Jobson

Drawing, sculpture, video and knitting, the title referring to a Victorian dictionary of Anglo-Indian words.


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