From Partition to Southall: a mixed-media exhibition

From Partition to Southall: Healing Punjabi Pain through Film

Artist Narvir Singh is delighted to announce his first solo exhibition on the Partition of Punjab titled ‘From Partition to Southall: Healing Punjabi Pain through Film’. This free exhibition is on at the BFI Southbank centre from the evening of the 11th running until the 17th August 2017.

This August marks seventy years since the partition of Singh’s home Punjab, and the split of a nation to create India and Pakistan. In this mixed-media exhibition, Singh envisages the protagonist, an immigrant from the Punjabi, and in particular Sikh, community in the 1970s, dealing with the daily struggles of life.

Set in Southall, an area where many immigrants have found sanctuary over the years, this exhibition contrasts the tension between the pressures of survival faced by the diasporic communities and their dreams for artistic freedom.

Drawing upon his family’s experiences, Singh sets out to explore the impact of immigration on personal identity of successive generations of the diaspora. A variety of media, including film, poetry, photography and visual art are used to create a powerful picture of this often ignored facet of life in the diaspora.

Hear the interview with BBC London:
See the promotional video:
See the exhibition:
See ‘My Memory’ Art Film:
See the exhibition plaques: