This project is a new multimedia exhibition celebrating the lives and experiences of first generation South Asian migrant women living in Sandwell and the Black Country. Using oral histories, film, photographs and sound, Dawinder explores the relationships between the women and their cars.
The installation will highlight the positive impact of these stories on future generations of British Asian women who now benefit from the sacrifices of the first generation who battled against patriarchy and traditional family structures to gain independence.
Location: BRITISH MUSLIM SCHOOL, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8NX.
Travelling through cultural traditions, time and generations of family members, Dawinder collaborated with home-based artisans and the small businesses that ensured a 1980s wedding in Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities went ahead with the unforgettable sensations that Bansal remembers from her youth. Calling out to the Lancashire community, Dawinder will look for the day-and-night samosa makers, the stitchers of opulent outfits and intricate mehndi body artists who work together to make everything necessary for a traditional wedding. During the festival weekend visitors will be able to take part in a vibrant and communal celebration of making, trialling and testing their own making skills alongside the skilled artisans.
Step inside ‘Jambo Cinema’ and experience Uncle & Aunty Bansal’s Indian-Kenyan 1980s era living room. This project is inspired by the personal experiences of Dawinder Bansal who grew up in her parents’ corner shop which sold electrical supplies and also rented VHS video films to the newly arrived and established Indian and Pakistani migrant communities in Wolverhampton. 'Jambo Cinema' is a partner commission with Creative Black Country, Funny Things Comedy Festival, Flatpack Film Festival and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
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Bringing together newly-commissioned work by four women artists: Jocelyn Allen (UK), Jennifer Pattison (UK), Andrea Fernandes (India) and Uzma Mohsin (India), the exhibition explores diverse themes regarding gender, identity, patriarchy, tradition, culture, memory, place, belonging and difference that shape the lives of women in both countries. The project, part of Arts Council England and British Council’s Re-Imagine India cultural exchange programme, was awarded funds to engage with local Indian diaspora communities in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, and in cities and villages in the Punjab.
Working in partnership with Multistory (UK) & Nazar Foundation (New Delhi), Creative Black Country commissioned four female photographers to create compelling stories about women’s lives and their cultural roots in the Punjab.
Mother Tongues from Farther Lands is a spoken word/theatre show full of fascinating, fearless and funny stories from South Asian women. Commissioned by Southbank Centre, Cast, Oldham Coliseum and Black Country Touring for Alchemy. Finalist for Best Stage Production by ITV'S ASIAN MEDIA AWARDS 2017