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True Stories

True Stories

Photographic decal and silkscreen print on paper, 2003

These works were made in response to the Sir Benjamin Stone (1838-1914) archive of photographs located at Birmingham Library. Parmar's sensitive re-contextualisation of his works brings forward the captioning (often written on the back of the images) written on behalf of the subject by Stone or archivists.  Strategically positioned in the Museum, these contemporary works comment upon the nature of 'ethnographic' collections and how they inform histories. 

Bharti Parmar

Bharti Parmar is a visual artist and academic living and working in the UK who has exhibited widely for over twenty five years. Her work is about the intersections between art and craft and is informed by an interest in race and the poetics of museological objects.

Her concerns are situated partly within the Surrealist-derived engagement with the ‘overlooked’ (once popular artforms or amateur art practices), and also within non-Eurocentric perspectives and debates, to thinking about art and culture. The work is presented in a variety of formats ranging from print, photographic installation, sculpture to embroidery.

Bharti Parmar was born in Leeds, UK in 1966 and studied at the Royal College of Art London. She has a doctorate in fine art which examines the poetics of Victorian material culture.

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