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The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion

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1 October 2022 – 22 January 2023

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Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Hill, Norwich, NR1 3JU

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Original mixed media artworks sit alongside historical objects from our own collection and a brand-new commission in this exhibition from the internationally-renowned artists The Singh Twins.

At Norwich Castle and East Gallery

Slaves of Fashion explores how the history of Indian textiles is a global story of Empire, conflict, enslavement and luxury lifestyle which has contemporary relevance - connecting to ethical trade, consumerism and attitudes to race in the world today.

Included in the exhibition are eleven striking, highly detailed and symbolic digital mixed medium portraits printed on fabric and displayed as lightboxes. Collectively they reveal not only the beauty, renown and craftsmanship of Indian fabrics but also their political, social and cultural significance as a commodity connected to complex narratives of colonial history. Being seen for the first time is a commission in response to items in our collection, which will go on permanent display at Norwich Castle after the exhibition. Also included are artist films, as well as smaller drawings, paintings and archival material offering insights into the Twins’ creative thinking and processes.

The Singh Twins

The Singh Twins’ British-Asian heritage has played a significant role in influencing their work, and they are widely known for pioneering a modern development of the Indian miniature tradition within contemporary art practice. Inspired by Eastern and Western artforms, the Twins’ use artistic language from centuries ago to address a range of modern, social and political themes through a combination of hand-painted and digital techniques. At the heart of their work lies the desire to challenge narrow perceptions of heritage, culture and identity and show a more balanced representation and understanding of the past can influence how we relate to the present.

East Gallery

In partnership with Norwich University of the Arts, part of the exhibition will be displayed at East Gallery, a short walk from the Castle, on St Andrew's Street. East Gallery is open Tue-Fri 12-5pm & Sat 12-4pm. 

Book your tickets in advance online or in person at Norwich Castle. To see the exhibition as it is intended, we recommend that you start your journey at Norwich Castle.

Please retain your Castle admission ticket to gain entry. Your ticket will remain valid for the full run of the exhibition, so you can visit East Gallery at any time if your are visiting the Castle at a time when East Gallery is closed.

Content Warning

Please note that The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion contains imagery and language which reflects historic colonial attitudes. Due to the nature of the exhibition, there is some historic racist, xenophobic and otherwise offensive content, as well as contemporary depictions of torture and violence. If you would like to find out more before you visit, please email museums@norfolk.gov.uk.

Header image: Indigo: The Colour of India © The Singh Twins: www.singhtwins.co.uk
Page image: Chintz: The Price of Luxury © The Singh Twins: www.singhtwins.co.uk