Where Can I Find This?
Nilupa Yasmin was drawn to the markets in Sandwell because they are a place where people from diverse backgrounds come together. 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 visit the markets and those who have based their livelihood from them. Nilupa’s photographs are woven together to create colourful and complex, patterned images that reflect the people, and the products for sale.
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.