Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins explores the history of Indian textiles, Empire, enslavement and luxury consumerism, and the contemporary relevance of these issues in the world today.
21 July 2018 – 16 September 2018
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Cotton: Threads of Change (Slaves of Fashion Series)
©The Singh Twins
Focusing on the relationship between Britain and India, hidden details of Europe’s colonial past and its legacies are revealed, including current debates around ethical trade and responsible consumerism.
The exhibition showcases almost 20 new artworks by the internationally-renowned artists. Primarily known for their entirely hand-painted work in the Indian miniature tradition, The Singh Twins’ new work combines traditional hand-painting techniques with digitally created imagery. The series includes 11 digital fabric artworks displayed on lightboxes, with each one highlighting a different theme relating to India’s textile industry. A further nine paper artworks explored the relationship between trade, conflict and consumerism in an age of Empire and the modern day.
Also included are highlights from over 30 objects from the collections of National Museums Liverpool and Wolverhampton Art Gallery that have informed the Slaves of Fashion series.
Image Credit: Cotton: Threads of change © The Singh Twins:www.singhtwins.co.uk