23 October 2021 - 13 February 2022
Saturday 23 October 2021 - Sunday 13 February 2022
Open Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm & Sunday 10am - 4pm
Rochdale Town Centre
Centring on film works created with the participation of community groups from Rochdale, ‘Gut Feelings Meri Jaan’ will run at Touchstones until February 2022.
The Local History archive held at Touchstones is a valued resource for the people of Rochdale, but the voices of migrant communities have historically been marginalised and misrepresented.
Artist Jasleen Kaur will explore Rochdale heritage and history from a different perspective by bringing to the forefront the voices of migrant communities within the town’s social history, which have historically been marginalised and misrepresented.
During a series of online gatherings and conversations held by Kaur over a 9-month period, a group of women and gender non-conforming participants from the local South Asian community were invited to critique the contents of the Ethnic Minorities section of the local archives at Touchstones, questioning how notions of cultural heritage are preserved and considering the human body as a living archive and carrier of histories.
The resulting work - commissioned by UP Projects in partnership with Touchstones Rochdale - is a multiple-screen film installation in which customs and rituals preserved by group members and their families are performed in specific locations in and around the borough.
The films are also accompanied by a bi-lingual reference book in English and Urdu, printed on seed paper, documenting the conversations and texts studied by the group.
Entry fee: Free
Contact: Touchstones Main Reception
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