Asian Women & Cars:
Road to Independence
This project is a new, multimedia exhibition that celebrates 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 Bansal explores the relationships between the women, driving 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.
Special thanks to all of the women who shared their stories for the creation of this new exhibition.
Dawinder Bansal is a producer and artist whose performances and visual art installations are informed by cultural heritage and contemporary stories. Her stage production Mother Tongues from Father Lands was a finalist in ITV’s Asian Media Awards. In 2017, she was a recipient of a High Commendation by the Women of Achievement Awards and was subsequently invited to meet with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street. Recent work includes Jambo Cinema; The Making of a South Asian Wedding; and producing the Southbank Centre’s South Asian Alchemy Festival for the Black Country region.
Previous projects include theatre productions for: Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil (Brazil), the BBC, Channel 4 and Cast in Doncaster.