AF Fellow Permindar Kaur opens exhibition Home

Permindar Kaur
12 December 2020 – 12 June 2021
Curated by HS Projects
5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG

Home brings together new and existing works, for an exhibition at 5 Howick Place, London, curated by HS Projects. The show surveys Permindar Kaur’s continuing interest in the ‘public’ and ‘private’ and a common central question in her practice: ‘where is home?’

Kaur presents a range of work from early in her career and a major new sculpture –Overgrown House made specifically for this exhibition. She makes viewers aware of the difference between the ‘private & public’ by abruptly converting this very public space into a bedroom in a private home. The central new work is a large steel bed which upon closer inspection reveals a world of colourful creatures ‘lurking’ beneath it. These creatures are a conception of private thoughts & dreams, giving viewers a sense of domestic insecurities & vulnerabilities.

Other works will explore hierarchical structures at home and at work, looking at the unspoken, often hidden positions of power. One such work, Tower (2014), a stack of chairs reflecting how we have a ‘place’ in society. Kaur’s most recent solo exhibitions were Black and Blue (New Art Projects, London, 2017) and Interlopers (University of Hertfordshire, 2016). Interlopers spanned the vast glazed front wall of the Arts & Design Gallery. Permindar relocated works through the course of the exhibition. A blog by Barbara Brownie and a publication with essay by Richard Cork accompanied the exhibition.

A new publication with critical texts by Prof Eddie Chambers (University of Texas) and Dr Alice Correia (co-chair of the Black British Art Research Group) is planned for publication in early 2021.

Home is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.