Portrait of Parminder Kaur Bhandal, 2023, photographed by Lilli Waters.
Parminder Kaur Bhandal, Endearment in grief(detail), 2024, mixed media print on fabric.
Parminder Kaur Bhandal, Love letter mind(detail), 2024, mixed media on fabric.
Parminder Kaur Bhandal, Alter of deep devotion(detail), 2024, photo on satin.
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In my little corner of the world anyone would love you

8 February 2024 - 8 July 2024

Curator:

Artist(s): Parminder Kaur Bhandal

Location: Niddrie Library

This exhibition incorporates photographic portraits and textiles to commemorate the cherished roles of four loved ones in Parminder's life. The artworks are inspired by floral motifs derived from Parminder’s ancestral heritage. Flowers are used to adorn the sitter's faces to signify the sacred place that they hold in her life. The artworks are inspired by Mughal paintings – a style of painting on paper confined to miniatures either as book illustrations or as single works to be kept in albums. For Parminder, the portraits are a meditation in deep listening to honour interconnectedness.

Parminder Kaur Bhandal is a visual artist, creative producer, and poet, whose practice focuses on recentering peripheral bodies and disrupting traditional narratives around people and place. Across much of her work, she utilises forms of photography, video, and installation to pay her respects to the community and land that has so generously nurtured her. Her belief is that listening activates empathy which in return nurtures a desire to enact community change for others to connect, express, and engage in critical self-reflection.

Parminder is currently showing Earth, Body, and Soul, an exhibition comprised of three photographic billboards installed across Incinerator Gallery until Sunday, 7 April 2024. Each billboard features a portrait of a cherished friend or family member depicted in floral adornments that weaves them into the natural environment.