Where Can I Find This?
Local markets are one of the prominent ways that people are brought together in local communities. From weekly group meetings to nattering in little hubs, community life is something that is both cherished and celebrated here. This exhibition looks at celebrating this union of people who both attend local markets in Sandwell as well as those who have based their livelihood from them. Nilupa uses weaving as a process to tell the tale of the markets because it has clear ties to community gathering and a long history of bringing people together through technique, time and workmanship.
This commission is part of the Forge Artist Open Call Programme which invited 12 West Midlands artists and/or curators to make new bodies of work for the Blast! Festival and take part in a mentorship programme.
Nilupa Yasmin’s work is primarily lens based, while taking a keen interest in the notion of culture, self-identity and anthropology. Combined with her love for handcraft and photographic explorations, the artist repeatedly draws upon her own South Asian culture and heritage. The practice of weaving, passed down through inheritance, has become an integral exploration in the development and expression of human value. Her research examines the principles of craft in art-based practice; becoming an evident methodology shown throughout her work whilst investigating ideals and traditions that are very close to home.