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An exciting new collaboration between Wolverhampton Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool and Creative Black Country sees hit exhibition Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins head to the city in July.
From current debates around ethical trade and consumerism through to satirical political portraits, the artists’ latest body of work offers an exploration of the history of trade in Indian textiles as a global story of Empire, conflict, enslavement and luxury lifestyle with modern day parallels.
Recently featured on the BBC’s Civilisations stories: The Empire, the Singh Twins’ work combines traditional hand-painted techniques with digitally-created imagery.
Life-sized portraits of historical figures are packed with symbolic detail. Each digital fabric artwork highlights a different theme relating to the global story of trade in Indian textiles.
Collectively they reveal not only the beauty and craftsmanship of Indian fabrics but also the interconnected political, social and cultural significance of their histories.
“A key aim of Slaves of Fashion is to reveal how historical trade practices – linked to colonialism, conflict and enslavement seen as unethical today – actually still continue.
“The artworks highlight how we as consumers are part of the problem but also the solution, since we have the power to effect positive change through the choices we make.”
The Singh Twins
A further nine artworks in the series explore how historical narratives connect to current debates around ethical trade and legacies of Empire. These include portraits of politicians Theresa May, Angela Merkel and Donald Trump which draw on the tradition of satirical cartoons.
The King is Dead: Long Live the King (featuring Donald Trump, enthroned on a catwalk) explores how colonial attitudes and labour exploitation associated with the historical trade in cotton, lives on in today’s fashion industry.
Marguerite Nugent, Wolverhampton Art Gallery Manager for Arts and Culture, said: “The Singh Twins have a well-deserved international reputation and we are delighted to have the opportunity to show their latest work in the City of Wolverhampton.”
Visit the Exhibition…
An augmented reality app SINGH TWINS: Art in Motion is available for free download on IOS and Android app stores as well as via The Singh Twins’ website.
An audio-visual poem by The Singh Twins offers a further, artistic response to the interconnected Slaves of Fashion themes.
The exhibition runs at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from Saturday, July 21 until Sunday, September 16 and is a collaboration between National Museums Liverpool, The Singh Twins, and the University of Liverpool.
Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins has been developed in partnership with Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Creative Black Country. The exhibition is sponsored by Investec Wealth & Investment.
About ‘The Singh Twins’
The Singh Twins are London-born British artists with an international reputation whose work has been cited by Professor Sir Simon Schama as representing “the artistic face of modern Britain”. Formal recognition of their contribution to contemporary art includes an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art from the University of Chester awarded in 2015, as well as being awarded MBE’s in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2011.
All Artwork © The Singh Twins 2018
For more information about The Singh Twins, visit: https://www.singhtwins.co.uk
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Creative Black Country is part of the national Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places program, which encourages more people to experience the arts. We work with local people to discover, explore and grow an exciting and meaningful programme of arts activity in the Black Country.